Florida East Coast Railway Runs LNG

June 29, 2016 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Approval in Hand to Operate Jacksonville-Miami
As Affiliate New Fortress Has a Miami LNG Facility

The Florida East Coast Railway has begun full-system, revenue-service trials of liquefied natural gas fuel, running an LNG-diesel duel fuel train between Jacksonville and Miami for the first time on June 8, according to a published report.

LNG-fueled Florida’s East Coast Railway locomotive 800, an ES44C4 from GE Transportation with LNG tender, crossing the crossed the San Sebastian River at St. Augustine, northbound, on June 8. Michael Maiullari photo

LNG-fueled Florida’s East Coast Railway locomotive 800, an ES44C4 from GE Transportation with LNG tender, crossing the crossed the San Sebastian River at St. Augustine, northbound, on June 8. Michael Maiullari photo via Trains

FECR had previously been running LNG trials between Jacksonville and New Smyrna Beach, just south of Daytona.

The Florida East Coast Railway’s 24 LNG-ready ES44C4 locomotives from GE Transportation were delivered in December 2014.

The Florida East Coast Railway’s 24 LNG-ready ES44C4 locomotives from GE Transportation were delivered in December 2014.

The recent receipt of regulatory clearance to operate LNG trains on the full FECR network paves the way for the railroad to convert 24 new LNG-ready, new ES44C4 locomotives from GE Transportation (HHP Insight, November 5, 2014) to LNG-diesel dual fuel operation, says an industry source.

LNG Conversions Have Begun

The railroad has converted two of the GE locomotives and has acquired three LNG tenders, he told HHPi.

In addition to being the first time that the LNG set ran the entire system, says another industry observer, the June 8 run was “the first time [the train] did not have any other diesel engines with it as protect power in case of a failure.”

Two LNG Plants

New York City-based Fortress Investment Group owns both the Florida East Coast Railway and New Fortress Energy, as well as Florida East Coast Industries. In addition to Miami, the company is also developing an LNG facility at Titusville, near Cape Canaveral (HHPi, January 28, 2015).

New Fortress Energy notes that FECR “plans to convert its entire mainline locomotive fleet to LNG” and “will be the first North American railroad to operate in regular main line service with LNG.” The company began developing its natural gas liquefaction plant in Miami in May 2014. Capacity is 100,000 LNG gallons daily.

FECR is also seeking permission to transport LNG by rail.

The Florida East Coast Railway network. Note LNG plants in Miami and in Titusville, north of Port Canaveral.

The Florida East Coast Railway network. Note LNG plants in Miami and in Titusville, north of Port Canaveral.

‘Fueling Around with LNG’

Florida East Coast Railway president and CEO Jim Hertwig outlined the railroad’s plans for LNG at the last year’s RILA/Retail Industry Leaders Association Retail Supply Chain Conference in Orlando. The 24 new ES44C4 locomotives from GE, he said, were received in December 2014.

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Source: Published reports with HHP Insight follow-up

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