Linde North America has announced its Energy Solutions business has formalised a joint marketing agreement with American Power Group (APG) to introduce and expand the use of LNG in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P).

Linde and APG will work together to offer customers a comprehensive solution for the safe, economic and efficient use of LNG in retrofitted dual-fuel diesel engines.

Linde provides world-class expertise in the supply, production, logistics and on-site application of LNG and other cryogens, as well as oil and gas field services.

APG provides a leading, patented dual-fuel technology that converts diesel engines to run on an average of 40% to 60% LNG or other natural gas sources.

“Our joint working relationship with APG enables oil and gas customers working in exploration and production to leverage the economic, environmental and operational benefits of LNG,”

said Bryan Luftglass, Head of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Linde Energy Solutions.

“Working together, we can convert and fully service an LNG fueling program for oil and gas E&P.”

Engines targeted for retrofitting for dual use of diesel and LNG include E&P drilling rigs, horizontal and vertical drilling equipment, high pressure fracturing equipment and goods-hauling vehicles, including trucks transporting water, sand, cement, piping and other E&P goods.

As part of their agreement, Linde and APG will evaluate expansion of LNG applications to other fields.

LNG is an economical alternative to diesel. It can be sourced domestically, is recognised for its lower air emissions and prices are predicted to remain stable as new technologies enable extraction from vast natural gas reserves.