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Monday , 6 December 2021

Jacknife leading the way to becoming Canada’s first Indigenous Carbon Neutral Fleet

A local oilfield company is looking at reducing its carbon emissions with a new fuel conversion technology that’ll be used in its fleet of heavy duty diesel trucks.

Jacknife Oilfield Services, an independent Indigenous trucking and oilfield services company, plans to be Carbon Neutral by 2032 by using cutting edge fuel conversion technology to power their Semi trucks, explains General Manager Kurt Muller.

“It’s revolutionary”, says Muller. “Not only are we doing good for the environment, but we are still supporting Canada’s Oil and Gas industry by using cleaner burning Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Hydrogen to power our fleet”.

Strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance while operating in Canada’s oil industry is a common goal shared by both Jacknife and their clients …. and they are doubling down and committing their resources and efforts to this area.

“We’re a long way from seeing a Tesla or other Electric Vehicle (EV) hauling dangerous goods in -40Celcius on back country roads”. As Muller explains, Jacknife operates in some of the most challenging terrain and weather conditions in the world. This requires expert level skill by their drivers.

“In the immediate or near future, we don’t foresee any EV being able to operate satisfactorily in these conditions. My job as a leader in this company, is to look to the horizon and see what’s ahead – so I asked the question – how can we do our part for the ever growing importance of ESG and be a leader in this space – which led me to our partnership this technology provider,” states Muller.

CNG powered vehicles have been around for some time, but not like this. This cutting edge technology is an aftermarket addition that enables trucks to still use their current engines without voiding warranty. The vehicle can switch between diesel and CNG/Hydrogen with just the press of a button. There are no major reconstructions on engine components making it a first of its kind.

Jacknife has already began testing and using the vehicle for some time.

“The pilot project has gone great!” exclaims Muller. ” The technology complies with all the Oilfield Safety requirements and the drivers who have tested the unit, have reported zero difference in power or performance when compared with a regular diesel usage. This is a big factor for us – we need to be safe, and we need to be able to rely on our equipments’ performance operating in the remote areas we do.”

Jacknife is no stranger to focusing their resources where there is a tangible benefit to those around them. Jacknife operates within several local and Indigenous Communities, and doing good for the community has always been a focal point since Mike Jacknife founded the company in 1997. This technology takes it a step further – there is a direct benefit for humanity – they are prioritizing environmental interests for future generations.

“The reality is that we operate within the Oil and Gas industry, but that doesn’t mean we can’t act responsibly and do our share to reduce our carbon footprint,” says Muller.

This is just one of several initiatives that the company has in store to achieve it’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2032.

Jacknife has proven to be a leader in transportation and innovation, winning multiple awards for their endeavours.

What’s next for Jacknife, we asked?

“Stay tuned” says Muller…

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