Russian manufacturing group RariTEK, participating this last week at the Collegium of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Tatarstan, discussed and displayed natural gas technology as it applies to the region’s massive agricultural sector.
During the tour of the exhibition a delegation comprising of Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, senior ministers and administrators was presented with the collective stand of the companies of the Republic of Tatarstan where they were introduced to NGV fuel in the agro-industrial complex. According to the report of the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Tatarstan Talgat Galimzyanov, gas motor fuel is already present in the Republican agro-industrial complex, where 300 units of agricultural machinery are already operated on natural gas.
In addition, results of the test operation of the Gomselmash-manufactured combine “Palesse” in 2018 proved a three-fold reduction in costs compared to conventional liquid fuel can be achieved.
RariTEK also presented its own cryogenic tanks for liquefied natural gas (LNG), 100% manufactured from in-country components. At the moment the production of cryogenic tanks with the capacity from 150 to 500 liters is arranged. This development, in addition to the potential to expand the use of LNG, opens up a huge potential for import substitution – until then, no commercially produced cryo tanks have been produced in Russia.
The company says it is cryogenic fuel storage systems that will ensure the expansion of the use of natural gas in agricultural and road construction machinery, as they require smaller dimensions for installation, are lighter, have little or no impact on the payload of the machinery, and optimise operational hours between refueling.
Agreement for Natural Gas Engine Development for Agricultural Machinery
A separate theme of the RariTEK exposition was the development of gas versions of engines for agricultural machinery. Currently, more than 50% of all engines used in the Agricultural Complex are 4- and 6-cylinder engines of Minsk Motor Plant. Therefore, in the second quarter of 2019, in order to expand the use of natural gas fuel for agricultural machinery, RariTEK and Minsk Motor Plant will sign an agreement on the development of prototypes of gas versions of these engines. At the end of 2019, based on the results of testing of prototypes and layout solutions, a decision will be made on industrial production.
During a round-table discussion the experience of RariTEK in conversion of diesel equipment for operation on natural gas with 100% replacement of diesel fuel was considered. Using available technology, there is potential for the conversion of 4000 thousand KAMAZ trucks and tractors in Tatarstan. In comparison with gas-diesel mode, the technology provides maximum economy. Conversion kits and RGK engines have proved their reliability in the course of test operation of more than 7 million kilometers, have been certified and are already in operation in some large agricultural holdings of the republic.
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