First European passenger train propelled by liquefied natural gas

January 5, 2018. The first passenger train that uses natural liquefied gas (LNG) as fuel to travel is supplied from the terminal that Reganosa has in the Spanish port of Ferrol. The first cargo was delivered by a tanker truck moved to Asturias, the community where the train was lit for four months.

   These tests are part of a package of projects of the European Union to promote the use of cleaner energies in transport, both terrestrial and maritime. In fact, Reganosa also committed to the implementation of LNG to propel ships. The different experiences are aimed at reducing the cost of fuel and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, since in both aspects liquefied natural gas has very important advantages with respect to diesel and fuel oil.

   The train in which the tests are carried out is a closely related vehicle, which has been removed from the diesel machine for another source of LNG, in addition to a special tank for new fuel. The convoy also has a diesel-powered tractor unit, which will allow comparing the results of one or another technology.

   The gas reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide and particulates; It will also reduce the noise pollution. A notable reduction in costs was also achieved, given the lower price of LNG.

   For the realization of the tests Renfe has reserved a stretch of twenty kilometers between the Asturian towns of Figaredo and Trubia. In the first one, the fuel that is needed will be delivered weekly by tanker trucks issued from the Reganosa terminal.

   The choice of Spain to carry out this experience obeys, as explained by Renfe, that the country has a long experience in management of liquefied natural gas; the logistics capacity has also been assessed. One and another factor can guarantee the security of supply for this potential market.


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