Agreement Covers Infrastructure, Includes Manufacturers
Russia’s Gazprom has publicized an agreement with Russian Railways and rolling stock manufacturers to boost the use of natural gas in railway and motor transportation. The organizations are promoting the increased use of natural gas for “mitigating environmental impacts, facilitating NGV market growth, increasing domestic gas consumption, and fostering the national machine building industry.”
In addition to Gazprom and Russian Railways, signatories include the locomotive manufacturers Transmashholding and the Sinara Group.
Gazprom says it “will build modern gas-fueling infrastructure facilities in the locations approved by Russian Railways and will provide for the refueling of the railway rolling stock with liquefied natural gas.” Gazprom is also to assist Russian Railways in testing gas-powered locomotives.
Efforts to Be Synchronized
The parties have agreed to “agreed to synchronize their efforts,” Gazprom says.
“Russian Railways will see to the adaptation of production and technical facilities at railroad depots and will develop and implement a vocational training and re-training system for engineers, technicians, and locomotive crews working at gas-powered locomotives,” Gazprom says. Russian Railways will also work toward converting its corporate motor vehicles to natural gas.
“Sinara Group and Transmashholding will provide for the certification, manufacturing, and maintenance of natural gas-fueled locomotives” – mainline gas turbine locomotives by Sinara and gas turbine shunters by Transmashholding.
40 Locomotives by Sinara
Sinara is to supply Russian Railways with 40 gas turbine locomotives, Gazprom says.
Separately, Russian Railways reported that its LNG turbine–powered GT1h-002 locomotive successfully pulled a train weighing 9,000 tons along Siberia’s Surgut-Voinovka stretch of almost 700 kilometers (435 miles) on May 23. The GT1h-002 was built with all-Russian componentry at the Sinara Group’s Ludinsk Diesel Locomotive Plant.
“The main objective of the experimental run was to test the technical, economic, technological and environmental characteristics of the gas turbine locomotive on the northern section of the Sverdlovsk main line, which is not electrified, and where the GT1h-002 is planned to enter service in the future,” states a Russian Railways release.
“To establish regular traffic,” the operator said, “it will be necessary to establish the appropriate infrastructure, including facilities for the production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and special refueling areas for the rolling stock. So far, the only such complex is near Yekaterinburg.”
The advantage? 20% savings over the life of the LNG-fueled locomotives, Russian Railways says.
Source: Gazprom & Russian Railways with HHP Insight follow-up