Renfe (Spain’s national rail network), Gas Natural Fenosa and Enagás, in collaboration with Institut Cerdà (a private engineering innovator in Barcelona), ARMF (a specialised railways restoration workshop) and classification society Bureau Veritas are preparing first traction tests in Europe of a train powered by liquefied natural gas. It may also be the first in the world to test LNG on a passenger train. Read more »
Indonesia’s oil and gas corporation PT Pertamina (Persero) and railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), both state-owned, are testing Liquefied Natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for rail transportation. Static and dynamic tests have been carried out at Balai Yasa, the rail services yard in Yogyakarta. Activities that are part of the rail conversion program from high speed diesel (HSD) to liquefied natural gas (LNG) are said to be the first in Southeast Asia. Read more »
North-American based Hexagon Lincoln (Hexagon), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, has undertaken a new direction with entry into rail. Hexagon is collaborating with Allegheny Creative Energy Solutions LLC (ACES) and Resonance Mode, Inc in a joint venture that will call on the partners to develop and manufacture compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel solutions for the rail industry. Read more »
An Agreement of Cooperation signed last week at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum by Gazprom, Russian Railways, and domestic machine builders Sinara Group and Transmashholding (TMH) signals a new phase of development for the wider use of natural gas to fuel locomotives in Russia. The agreement provides for the consolidation of companies’ efforts to introduce the use of natural gas as a motor fuel for railway rolling stock. Read more »
Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Company (IHB) recently leased two SW1500 locomotives from CIT Rail to kick-start it’s locomotive conversion program to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The SW1500 locomotive’s small wheel base makes it a suitable choice for yard operation and local switching where tight curves and switches are the norm. Following the issuing of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for “CNG Locomotive Repower” issued Feb 25 2016 , IHB is now evaluating submissions in preparation for conversion of up to 31 locomotives. Read more »
Natural gas engine technology developed by Californian company Omnitek Engineering Corp. is being utilized in two TEDOM natural gas locomotive engines powering a Czech Railways train in a pilot program with scheduled service three times daily between the Czech cities of Opava and Hlučín. The low-emission dedicated natural gas engines from TEDOM, based in Jablonec nad Nisou, are certified to the Euro5 EEV emissions standard.
The Czech engineering company Vitkovice Machinery Group (VMG) has launched a Compressed Natural Gas-powered locomotive for rail operations between Opava and Hlučín. The 15 meter long and four meter high locomotive is described as among the most powerful of its kind in Europe. It was developed by VMG’s Vitkovice Transport division and Railway Research Institute, using a rebuilt 714 diesel locomotive provided by the Czech Railways (ČD). Read more »
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 Industries, Inc., an independent global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment used in the production, storage and end-use of hydrocarbon and industrial gases, has reported a slowdown in sales for Q3 2014. The North American market however, indicates a positive future for LNG where LNG is being entertained by several sectors of the natural gas for transportation industry. Read more »
Thousands 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 »