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FEATURE

LIQUID ACTIFS
ASSETS LIQUIDES
BY SARAH B. HOOD

PAR SARAH B. HOOD

Like an athlete on the bench waiting to be called into the game,
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has for many years been predicted
to be about to come into play in the railway industry as fuel for
locomotives. LNG is considered an environmentally friendly fuel,
since burning natural gas emits less carbon dioxide than other
fossil fuels. It provides an alternative to the planet's limited oil
resources and, where it is plentiful, it reduces the dependence on
imported fuel.
However, despite various interesting trials, LNG has been
adopted by only a very few railroads. An exception is Florida East
Coast Railway (FECR), which in November 2017 became the first
railway in North American to use LNG for its entire fleet, which
runs between Jacksonville and Miami. FECR is running 12 pairs
of GE ES44AC locomotives retrofitted to run on a diesel-LNG
mix of up to 20 per cent to 80 per cent, or on diesel alone. Each
pair of locomotives runs with one fuel tender modified by Chart
Industries, Inc.
Last October, the world's northernmost railway announced it
would make the switch to LNG. Running 572 km across the Yamal
Peninsula in Russia, where manufacturer Transmashholding is
testing its LNG-fuelled TEM19 locomotive, the GazpromTrans line
is owned by the Russian national gas company Gazprom.
So far, Canadian railroads have not taken the plunge, but
in 2012, CN tested two mainline diesel-electric locomotives
retrofitted to run on up to 90 per cent natural gas between
Edmonton and Fort McMurray (with 10 per cent diesel retained
for ignition). The 3,000-horsepower Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD)
SD40-2 locomotives were expected to reduce carbon dioxide
emissions by 30 per cent and nitrogen oxide emissions by
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Comme un athlète sur le banc, on prévoit depuis de nombreuses
années que le gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) est sur le point d'entrer
en jeu dans l'industrie ferroviaire. Le GNL est considéré comme un
carburant écologique, puisque sa combustion émet moins de CO2
que celle des autres combustibles fossiles. Il offre une alternative
aux ressources pétrolières limitées de la planète et réduit la
dépendance envers le carburant importé.
Cependant, malgré divers essais intéressants, le GNL n'a été
adopté que par très peu de chemins de fer. La Florida East Coast
Railway (FECR), qui, en novembre 2017, est devenue le premier
chemin de fer en Amérique du Nord à utiliser le GNL pour
l'ensemble de son parc, entre Jacksonville et Miami, constitue
une exception. La FECR exploite 12 paires de locomotives GE
ES44AC modifiées pour fonctionner avec un mélange diesel-GNL
de 20 % à 80 %, ou uniquement avec du diesel. Chaque paire de
locomotives est munie d'un wagon ravitailleur modifié par Chart
Industries, Inc.
En octobre dernier, le chemin de fer le plus au nord du monde
a annoncé qu'il passerait au GNL. La ligne GazpromTrans, qui
fait 572 km à travers la péninsule de Yamal en Russie, et où
le fabricant Transmashholding teste sa locomotive TEM19
alimentée au GNL, appartient à la société gazière nationale
russe Gazprom.
Jusqu'à présent, les chemins de fer canadiens n'ont pas fait
le saut, mais en 2012, le CN a mis à l'essai deux locomotives
diesel-électriques fonctionnant au gaz naturel à 90 % entre
Edmonton et Fort McMurray (10 % de diesel ayant été retenu pour
l'allumage). On s'attendait à ce que les locomotives SD40-2 de
3 000 chevaux réduisent les émissions de CO2 de 30 % et les 35

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President’s Message
Bigger Hopper Cars, Faster Grain Shipments
Canada’s New Locomotive Emissions Regulations
Liquid Assets
Hydrail: A Profound Innovation Opportunity for Canadian Railway Suppliers
Locomotive and Passenger Car Freeze-Up Downtime Can Be Prevented
From Last Spike to First in Class: Creativity, Collaboration, and Determination in the Pursuit of Leadership
How to Achieve a Respectful, Harassment-Free Workplace
CARS News
New Members
CapEx: An Industry-Wide Look at Who’s Spending What
Railway Supplier Buyers’ Guide
Advertiser.com
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