The Port of Tarragona, as a member of the CORE LNGas hive project, has developed the LNG-fuelled port Locomotive project that paves the way for the introduction of LNG as a more sustainable alternative to current diesel technology. CORE LNGas hive aims at supporting the deployment of LNG infrastructure for Spain’s maritime transport and port operations.
The first phase, the feasibility study, was carried out by the Cerdà Institute. As a result, technical and legal barriers were identified and the economic feasibility and the environmental impact related to the introduction of LNG in the railway service of manoeuvres in the port of Tarragona were analyzed.
The second phase was awarded to GPO Engineering. Their study details all the steps to be considered for the transformation of the Adif 310 locomotive model, with the objective of implementing a future pilot test in the port area. The categories considered in the study include the engineering and the technical characteristics of the engine and the tanks and their impact, for example, in maintenance plans, weight distribution or center of gravity of the vehicle.
These studies conform to the project’s stated intention to evaluate the technical, legal and financial feasibility of implementing liquefied natural gas (LNG) in railway traction within the port domain (shunting locomotives), in order to pave the way towards the introduction of a more sustainable alternative to current diesel technology in an environment with increasingly stringent environmental requirements.
The report on the LNG locomotive project was presented at the Port of Tarragona (APT) organised event on the use of liquefied natural gas. The director of Corporate Development and Sustainability, Joan Basora, opened the day stressing that “The Port of Tarragona is a committed port and involved in the application of LNG and this is demonstrated with the project that we present today. Within the port sector there are many options for applying LNG. The adaptation of a diesel locomotive to LNG is a clear example and this represents a commitment to efficiency and efficiency in rail transport.”
The European project Core LNGas Hive is headed by State Ports, coordinated by Enagás and co-financed by the European Union.