Indian Railways Launches CNG Dual-Fuel DEMUs

| India, New Delhi

India - CNG Train (2015 - 1)India’s Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu, has flagged off two more Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered trains. The trains are Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) which have been converted to dual-fuel (Diesel, CNG) as part of a project by Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels (IROAF) to deliver technology that reduces the environmental impact of Indian Rail operations. Read more »

Chart-VTG LNGonRail Prototype Close to Final Testing

| Czech Republic and Germany

Chart Ferox-VTG LNGonRails ProjectChart, global supplier of cryogenic products and systems for storage, transport, and distribution of liquefied technical gases, and VTG Aktiengesellschaft (VTG), a global wagon hire and rail logistics company, have successfully manufactured and tested the cryogenic tank section of the world’s first LNG rail car prototype at Chart’s Ferox facility in Decin, Czech Republic. The section has now been transferred to VTG for final assembly in Elze, German facility. Read more »

Major Marine and Rail Opportunities for LNG, ANGA Study Declares

| USA, Washington DC

ANGA Study - LNG Opportunities for Rail and MarineThousands of miles of rail, inland waterways and coastal routes crisscross America moving products, energy and people. A new study, released by America’s Natural gas Alliance (ANGA), confirms that thanks to its cleaner profile and low cost, greater use of natural gas as a marine and rail fuel is becoming a welcome reality.

The study, performed by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) and commissioned by ANGA, sought to identify locations across three key areas – the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River and its tributaries – with the best potential for demand growth to support liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure investment. Read more »

Tenaska NG Fuels, Waller Marine Announce Louisiana’s First Natural Gas Liquefaction and Fueling Facility

| USA, Louisiana

Tenaska NG Fuels, LLC and Waller Marine, Inc. say they have agreed to develop, construct, own and operate Louisiana’s first natural gas liquefaction and fueling facility along the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Mississippi River corridor with access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Located in the Port of Greater Baton Rouge area near major highway traffic thoroughfares and high-horsepower industries, Tenaska Bayou LNG will provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) as alternative clean-burning fuels for the high-horsepower marine, transportation, and natural gas and oil exploration and production industries in the region.  Read more »

CNG Power on Track for Indian Railways

| India, Chennai | Source: The Hindu

Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, a production unit of Indian Railways, has flagged off the first compressed natural gas (CNG) -fuelled Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU), reports The Hindu. Developed by Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels (IROAF), a unit of the Ministry of Railways (MOR), the powered rail car is one of several to be commissioned before end of 2014. Read more »

VTG and Chart Ferox to Build LNG Rail Car Prototypes for Bulk Transport

| Germany, Hamburg and Czech Republic, Dĕčin

Chart Ferox Bulk LNG Tank for RailVTG Aktiengesellschaft, a European wagon hire and rail logistics company collaborating with Chart Ferox, manufacturer of storage, transport, and distribution systems for liquefied air and natural gases, plan to build two prototype units for the safe and economical carriage of LNG by rail. Through this collaboration VTG and Chart Ferox will develop and construct Europe’s first LNG rail car prototypes. Read more »

MP&ES Introduces the Greenville Natural Gas Locomotive

| USA, Greenville SC

The Greenville LocomotiveMotive Power & Equipment Solutions, Inc. (MP&ES), a provider of new and re-manufactured locomotives, has introduced the Greenville™ locomotive, an ultra­‐low emissions Gen Set locomotive powered by a combination of natural gas and diesel fuels. “Natural gas offers our customers an opportunity to greatly reduce their operating fuel costs while cutting emissions at the same time,” said MP&ES CEO and President David Wilkerson. Read more »

US EIA Explores Potential of LNG for Railroad Fuel

| USA

US EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2014Continued growth in domestic natural gas production, along with substantially lower natural gas spot prices compared to crude oil, is reshaping the U.S. energy economy and attracting considerable interest in the potential for fueling freight locomotives with liquefied natural gas (LNG). As part of the staged release of its Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014), U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) looks at the economics of fuel choice, the issues facing investors and regulators, a discussion about a fuel revolution or evolution, and lays out two scenarios. Read more »

Delivery of Westport LNG Tender Enables EMD Testing to Begin

| Canada, Vancouver BC | Source: International Railway Journal

EMD SD70 LocomotivesWestport Innovations, Canada, a global manufacturer of alternative-fuel low-emissions transportation technologies, has delivered the first of four liquefied natural gas (LNG) tenders ordered by Canadian National Railway (CN), to Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) in the U.S., which is developing a pilot low-pressure dual-fuel locomotive for the Class I railroad. Read more »

Indiana Harbor Belt to Convert 31 Locomotives to CNG

| USA, Chicago IL

IHBRR Diesel LocomotiveResidents of metropolitan Chicago will benefit from improved transit, roads, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities through $286 million in federal transportation CMAQ (1) funds targeted over the next four years to support the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan’s goals for reducing congestion and improving air quality. Included is $35.25 million to convert 31 Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHB) locomotives from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG). Read more »