Reducing diesel consumption can help vehicle and equipment operators save 30 to 40% on fuel costs, while minimizing exposure to volatile petroleum prices and maximizing use of domestically produced (and often renewable) energy sources. The use of cleaner fuels and technologies also helps eliminate toxic emissions and improve air quality.

 
While there are many benefits, switching from traditional fuels and technologies to alternative fuels can present significant changes to operating requirements. Incorporating alternative fuels into your operation can also require a significant capital investment, which varies based on the size of your operation, equipment/vehicle function, and existing infrastructure. These items, combined with the influences of available funding and current or pending government regulations, often result in a complicated decision-making process when considering a transition to alternative fuels.

 
Over the past two decades, GNA has worked on some of the largest clean vehicle, deployment, and equipment replacement projects in the world. GNA’s engineers, policy and compliance specialists, grant writers, and public affairs managers collaborate on each project to provide clients with a transition and adoption strategy that best suits their operation’s needs.

The use of alternative fuels in the on-road and non-road vehicle fleet sector is increasing at a tremendous pace. New OEM products, fleet success stories, and continued high and volatile diesel fuel prices are driving this change at a rapid pace.

 

    GNA has managed the development and implementation of more heavy-duty alternative fuel fleet deployment projects than any other firm in North America, from small, independently owned trucking firms to the largest fleet operations in the industry.

Over the course of a project, GNA can help you:

Develop a strategic implementation plan.

    • Develop a comprehensive fuel infrastructure plan for a large national fleet network, supporting a multi-year fleet conversion strategy
    • Identify the best opportunities to provide maximum returns on investment from fuel cost savings and/or the ability to access grants and incentives
    • Assess synergies with other regional hubs of related activity
    • Review existing projects and case studies for lessons learned and best practices assessment

 

Provide project economic modeling.

    • Perform economic analysis of overall operation to determine potential cost savings using NPV, IRR and cash flow modeling
    • Determine total cost of ownership

 

Evaluate the right equipment and fuel options for your operations.

    • Provide experienced insight into conversion equipment, new OEM products, alternative fuel engines and hybrid technologies, and other advanced vehicle options
    • Evaluate a range of alternative fuel options, including electric, hydrogen, propane autogas, natural gas (LNG, CNG), and other renewable fuels
    • Review and confirm available engine and energy storage system options, specifications and costs
    • Present engine retrofit and complete vehicle/equipment replacement options
    • Calculate expected emissions reductions from various engine and fuel options

 

Ensure fueling is easy, convenient, reliable and cost-effective.

    • Analyze existing and planned commercial infrastructure
    • Design and implement effective fuel procurement strategies and negotiate preferred pricing arrangements
    • Lead the implementation of fuel production and/or storage and fueling equipment, from the conceptual design and analysis, through the bid, procurement, construction, installation, testing, training, startup and hand-off phases

 

Secure grant funding, incentives and tax credits.

    • Identify federal and state tax credits, grants, and loan programs
    • Develop and submit competitive funding applications that win
    • Leverage other third-party resources

 

Assist you to maintain and operate your equipment safely and cost-effectively.

    • Ensure there is broad awareness of required maintenance and inspection protocols for all engine, fuel system and fueling equipment
    • Plan for and oversee required maintenance facility upgrades, including design, costing, contractor procurement, permitting and installation
    • Provide personnel training and conduct safety demonstrations for project stakeholders
    • Design and coordinate training from third-party experts on engine, fuel system, and fuel station maintenance

 

Ensure your operations stay in compliance.

    • Advise on permitting and code compliance for fueling infrastructure and maintenance shops
    • Develop compliance strategies for air quality regulations or other regulatory mandates
    • Handle reporting and complex filing requirements to meet compliance needs
    • Manage fulfillment of funding program requirements

 

Work as a liaison with key stakeholders.

    • Complete preliminary permitting reviews and strategic outreach to key authorities having jurisdiction and/or influence on the project
    • Conduct safety demonstrations for both internal and external project stakeholders
    • Gain support by effectively communicating project benefits to media, government agencies, elected and appointed officials, community members, environmental organizations and other stakeholders

 

Gain recognition for your project.

    • Recommend key marketing and communication strategies and tactics
    • Develop key messages and talking points about your project
    • Design marketing and outreach materials (collateral, websites, advertising, press releases)
    • Provide turnkey services for grand openings and press events
    • Identify and secure awards and recognition opportunities

 

container shipAvailable marine engine technologies and the use of clean-burning LNG can provide a range of solutions when seeking to meet emissions control area (ECA) compliance standards. With the large cost spread between bunker fuel and near-record-low natural gas prices projected to continue, new engines coming to the market, innovations in fueling options, and new LNG production plants being announced, the case for a transition to natural gas in this sector has never been more compelling. Ships that consume 10 million gallons of fuel or more annually can realize a return on their investment in less than two years—potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs over the operating life of the LNG vessel.

 
GNA works with vessel owners, certification societies, government agencies, port authorities, and engine and fuel suppliers to develop and implement some of the largest and most cutting-edge LNG vessel and infrastructure projects. Members of the firm serve on the DNV LNG Fuel Ports Advisory Council and as the chair of the Fuel Supply Committee.

Over the course of a project, GNA can:

Develop a strategic implementation plan.

    • Develop a comprehensive fueling plan to support a multi-year fleet conversion strategy, often involving multiple ports of call
    • Identify the best opportunity to provide a maximize return on investment from fuel cost savings and/or the ability to access grants and incentives
    • Assess synergies with other regional hubs of related activity
    • Review existing projects and case studies for lessons learned and best practices assessment

 

Provide economic modeling for your project.

    • Perform economic analysis of overall operation to determine potential cost savings using NPV, IRR and cash flow modeling
    • Determine total cost of ownership

 

Evaluate the right engine and fuel options for your operations.

    • Provide experienced insight into conversion equipment, new OEM products, advanced natural gas engines, and other technology and fuel options
    • Review various natural gas storage system options and strategies, specifications and costs
    • Calculate expected emissions reductions from various engine and fuel options

 

Ensure fueling is easy, convenient, reliable and cost-effective.

    • Analyze various on and off-site bunkering strategies and solutions for your vessel(s)
    • Evaluate on-site LNG fuel storage and fueling equipment options, permitting requirements and operational issues
    • Design and implement effective fuel procurement strategies and negotiate preferred pricing arrangements
    • Assess opportunities, costs, timelines and other key considerations for the development of one or more LNG production plants or large CNG compression stations
    • Lead the implementation of fuel production and/or storage and fueling equipment, from the conceptual design and analysis phase, through the bid, procurement, construction, installation, testing, training, start-up and hand-off phases

 

Secure incentive funding and credits.

    • Identify federal and state tax credits, grants, and loan programs
    • Develop and submit competitive funding applications that win
    • Leverage other third-party resources

 

Assist you to operate and maintain your equipment safely.

    • Ensure there is broad awareness of required maintenance and inspection protocols for all engine, fuel system and bunkering equipment
    • Plan for and oversee required maintenance facility upgrades, including design, costing, contractor procurement, permitting and installation
    • Design and coordinate training on best management practices for personnel safety and fuel handling, as well as for engine, fuel system, and bunkering equipment maintenance

 

Work as a liaison to key stakeholders.

    • Complete preliminary permitting reviews and strategic outreach to key authorities having jurisdiction and/or influence on the project
    • Conduct safety demonstrations for both internal and external project stakeholders
    • Gain support by effectively communicating project benefits to media, government agencies, elected and appointed officials, community members, environmental organizations and other stakeholders

 

Gain recognition for your project.

    • Recommend key marketing and communication strategies and tactics
    • Develop key messages and talking points about your project
    • Design marketing and communications materials (collateral, websites, advertising, press releases)
    • Provide turnkey services for grand openings and press events
    • Identify and secure awards and recognition

 

Fuel cost is the largest operating expense for rail companies, a situation made even more challenging by volatile diesel pricing. With the largest Class I railroads consuming more than one billion gallons of fuel per year, switching from diesel to low-cost natural gas can yield hundreds of millions of dollars in annual costs savings, or billions of dollars over the life of a typical locomotive.

 
GNA works with large and small railroads to analyze, develop and implement natural gas locomotive and refueling infrastructure projects. GNA provides a comprehensive suite of services, including: operational analysis and long-term fleet conversion strategies; assessment, costing, permitting and development of LNG fuel production, storage, and fueling facilities; natural gas procurement; fuel specification and engine issues; personnel safety and training; regulatory and legislative analysis; and project marketing, communications and public affairs.

Over the course of a project, GNA can:

Develop a strategic implementation plan

    • Develop a comprehensive fuel infrastructure plan for a large national fleet network and to support a multi-year fleet conversion strategy
    • Identify the best opportunities to provide maximize returns on investment from fuel cost savings and/or the ability to access grants and incentives
    • Assess synergies with other regional hubs of related activity
    • Review existing projects and case studies for lessons learned and best practices assessment

 

Provide economic modeling for your project.

    • Perform economic analysis of overall operation to determine potential cost savings using NPV, IRR and cash flow modeling
    • Determine total cost of ownership

 

Evaluate the right engine and fuel options for your operations.

    • Provide experienced insight into conversion equipment, new OEM products, advanced natural gas engines, and other technology options
    • Review various natural gas storage system options and strategies, specifications and costs, including both LNG and CNG tender cars and/or containerized approaches
    • Calculate expected emissions reductions from various engine and fuel options

 

Ensure fueling is easy, convenient, reliable and cost-effective

    • Analyze various on and off-site fueling strategies for fuel tenders
    • Evaluate on-site LNG fuel storage and fueling equipment options, permitting requirements and operational issues
    • Design and implement effective fuel procurement strategies and negotiate preferred pricing arrangements
    • Assess opportunities, costs, timelines and other key considerations for the development of one or more LNG production plants or large CNG compression stations
    • Lead the implementation of fuel production and/or storage and fueling equipment, from the conceptual design and analysis phase, through the bid, procurement, construction, installation, testing, training, startup and hand-off phases

 

Secure incentive funding and credits.

    • Identify federal and state tax credits, grants and/or loan programs
    • Develop and submit competitive funding applications that win
    • Leverage other third-party resources

 

Assist you to operate and maintain your equipment safely.

    • Ensure there is broad awareness of required maintenance and inspection protocols for all engine, fuel system and fueling equipment
    • Plan for and oversee required maintenance facility upgrades, including design, costing, contractor procurement, permitting and installation
    • Design and coordinate training on best management practices for personnel safety and fuel handling, as well as for engine, fuel system, and fuel station maintenance

 

Ensure your operations stay in compliance.

    • Advise on permitting and code compliance for fueling infrastructure and maintenance shops
    • Develop compliance strategies for air quality regulations or other regulatory mandates
    • Handle reporting and complex filing requirements to meet compliance needs
    • Manage fulfillment of funding program requirements

 

Work as a liaison to key stakeholders.

    • Complete preliminary permitting reviews and strategic outreach to key authorities having jurisdiction and/or influence on the project
    • Conduct safety demonstrations for both internal and external project stakeholders
    • Gain support by effectively communicating project benefits to media, government agencies, elected and appointed officials, community members, environmental organizations and other stakeholders

 

Gain recognition for your project.

    • Recommend key marketing and communication strategies and tactics
    • Develop key messages and talking points about your project
    • Design marketing and communications materials (collateral, websites, advertising, press releases)
    • Provide turnkey services for grand openings and press events
    • Identify and secure awards and recognition

 

mine haul truckWith reduced commodity prices, continued economic stagnation, and ongoing volatile and high petroleum diesel fuel prices, open-pit mine operators are being squeezed from both ends. The use of low-cost domestically produced natural gas can reduce operational fuel costs by 30 to 50 percent. With such dramatic opportunities for cost-savings, operators making the switch to natural gas can see payback periods of less than two years and then significant long term cost savings that will provide a measurable impact on the bottom line. Natural gas also provides important environmental and air quality gains, thereby providing additional benefits to local communities.

 
GNA works with mining companies and heavy equipment operators to convert and replace diesel powered haul trucks, mine processing equipment, and onsite power and steam generation with natural gas powered alternatives. In parallel, GNA works to develop appropriate fuel infrastructure supply projects and strategies that result in maximum costs savings and returns.

Over the course of a project, GNA can:

Develop a strategic implementation plan.

    • Develop a multi-year fleet and equipment conversion strategy and a complimentary fuel infrastructure plan
    • Identify the best opportunities to provide maximize returns on investment from fuel cost savings and/or the ability to access grants and incentives
    • Assess synergies with other regional hubs of related activity (i.e. natural gas powered rail project development, local E&P operations, etc.)
    • Review existing projects and case studies for lessons learned and best practices assessment

 

Provide economic modeling for your project.

    • Perform economic analysis of overall operation to determine potential cost savings using NPV, IRR and cash flow modeling
    • Determine total cost of ownership

 

Evaluate the right engine and fuel options for your operations.

    • Provide experienced insight into conversion equipment, new OEM products, advanced natural gas engines, and other technology options
    • Review various natural gas storage system options and strategies, specifications and costs
    • Calculate expected emissions reductions from various engine and fuel options

 

Ensure fueling is easy, convenient, reliable and cost-effective.

    • Analyze various strategies for on-site fuel storage and delivery methods at the mine
    • Evaluate on-site LNG fuel storage and fueling equipment options, permitting requirements and operational issues and costs
    • Design and implement effective fuel procurement strategies and negotiate preferred pricing arrangements
    • Assess opportunities, costs, timelines and other key considerations for the development of an on-site or nearby LNG production plant
    • Lead the implementation of fuel production and/or storage and fueling equipment, from the conceptual design and analysis phase, through the bid, procurement, construction, installation, testing, training, startup and hand-off phases

 

Secure incentive funding and credits.

    • Identify federal and state tax credits, grants and/or loan programs
    • Develop and submit competitive funding applications that win
    • Leverage other third-party resources

 

Assist you to operate and maintain your equipment safely.

    • Ensure there is broad awareness of required maintenance and inspection protocols for all engine, fuel system and fueling equipment
    • Plan for and oversee required maintenance facility upgrades, including design, costing, contractor procurement, permitting and installation
    • Design and coordinate training on best management practices for personnel safety and fuel handling, as well as for engine, fuel system, and fuel station maintenance

 

Ensure your operations stay in compliance.

    • Advise on permitting and code compliance for fueling infrastructure and maintenance shops
    • Develop compliance strategies for air quality regulations or other regulatory mandates
    • Handle reporting and complex filing requirements to meet compliance needs
    • Manage fulfillment of funding program requirements

 

Work as a liaison to key stakeholders.

    • Complete preliminary permitting reviews and strategic outreach to key authorities having jurisdiction and/or influence on the project
    • Conduct safety demonstrations for both internal and external project stakeholders
    • Gain support by effectively communicating project benefits to media, government agencies, elected and appointed officials, community members, environmental organizations and other stakeholders

 

Gain recognition for your project.

    • Recommend key marketing and communication strategies and tactics
    • Develop key messages and talking points about your project
    • Design marketing and communications materials (collateral, websites, advertising, press releases)
    • Provide turnkey services for grand openings and press events
    • Identify and secure awards and recognition

 

Milkmen should drink milk. In the last five years, those companies drilling and extracting natural gas from shale formations, tight sands and other unconventional sources have increasingly turned to the product they are drilling for as a low-cost diesel fuel substitute to power their fuel-hungry generators and pumps. With field gas, utility gas, CNG and LNG as options, operators are looking to various forms of natural gas as an effective way to lower fuel costs and emissions. With increased OEM engine options, a range of conversion equipment available, and continued advancements in the fuel supply chain and delivery methods, the opportunity to see greater market penetration of natural gas in this sector has never been better.

 
GNA works with drilling companies, pressure pumping service providers, finishing and completion companies, and fluid management service providers to effectively implement natural gas projects. GNA has studied this market extensively and offers a wide range of services and knowledge to this sector.

Over the course of a project, GNA can:

Develop a strategic implementation plan.

    • Develop a comprehensive fuel infrastructure plan to support a multi-year fleet conversion strategy for a large network of drill rigs, frac pumps, and other well service equipment
    • Identify the best opportunities to provide maximize returns on investment from fuel cost savings and/or the ability to access grants and incentives
    • Assess synergies with other regional hubs of related activity
    • Review existing projects and case studies for lessons learned and best practices assessment

 

Provide project economic modeling.

    • Perform economic analysis of overall operation to determine potential cost savings using NPV, IRR and cash flow modeling
    • Determine total cost of ownership

 

Evaluate the right engine and fuel options for your operations.

    • Provide experienced insight into conversion equipment, new OEM products, advanced natural gas engines, and other technology options
    • Review various natural gas storage system options and strategies, specifications and costs
    • Calculate expected emissions reductions from various engine and fuel options

 

Ensure fueling is easy, convenient, reliable and cost-effective.

    • Analyze various strategies for on-site fuel storage and delivery methods
    • Evaluate on-site fuel storage and fueling equipment options, permitting requirements and operational issues and costs
    • Design and implement effective fuel procurement strategies and negotiate preferred pricing arrangements
    • Assess opportunities, costs, timelines and other key considerations for the development of an LNG production plant or a large CNG compression station(s)
    • Lead the implementation of fuel production and/or storage and fueling equipment, from the conceptual design and analysis phase, through the bid, procurement, construction, installation, testing, training, start-up and hand-off phases

 

Secure incentive funding and credits.

    • Identify federal and state tax credits, grants and/or loan programs
    • Develop and submit competitive funding applications that win
    • Leverage other third-party resources

 

Assist you to operate and maintain your equipment safely.

    • Ensure there is broad awareness of required maintenance and inspection protocols for all engine, fuel system and fueling equipment
    • Plan for and oversee required maintenance facility upgrades, including design, costing, contractor procurement, permitting and installation
    • Design and coordinate training on best management practices for personnel safety and fuel handling, as well as for engine, fuel system, and fuel station maintenance

 

Ensure your operations stay in compliance.

    • Advise on permitting and code compliance for fueling infrastructure and maintenance shops, as appropriate
    • Develop compliance strategies for air quality regulations or other regulatory mandates
    • Handle reporting and complex filing requirements to meet compliance needs
    • Manage fulfillment of funding program requirements

 

Work as a liaison to key stakeholders.

    • Complete preliminary permitting reviews and strategic outreach to key authorities having jurisdiction and/or influence on the project
    • Conduct safety demonstrations for both internal and external project stakeholders
    • Gain support by effectively communicating project benefits to media, government agencies, elected and appointed officials, community members, environmental organizations and other stakeholders

 

Gain recognition for your project.

    • Recommend key marketing and communication strategies and tactics
    • Develop key messages and talking points about your project
    • Design marketing and communications materials (collateral, websites, advertising, press releases)
    • Provide turnkey services for grand openings and press events
    • Identify and secure awards and recognition