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.
FECR had previously been running LNG trials between Jacksonville and New Smyrna Beach, just south of Daytona.
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.
‘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.Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Published reports with HHP Insight follow-up