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Alaska Railroad Cleared to Move LNG

October 26, 2015 in LNG, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ISO Container Purchases Will Be by Individual Customers

The Alaska Railroad Corporation has received Federal Railroad Administration approval to transport liquefied natural gas via ISO containers from new production facilities to customers in the interior of the state. updated November 19

ARRCARRC is the first U.S. railroad to secure such FRA approval, according to COO Doug Engebretson.

“This was a completely new process since there are no current regulations that allow for LNG movement by rail,” Engebretson told Progressive Railroading. “This is unchartered ground.”

ARRC earlier this year cited an existing facility at Cook Inlet’s Port MacKenzie (near Anchorage) that supplies Fairbanks Natural Gas, and a new $600 million facility planned by WesPac Midstream as potential LNG sources (HHP Insight, September 10, 2014).

FRA has stipulated that ARRC

  • operate no more two trains carrying per week a maximum if eight ISO containers of LNG;
  • perform at least one track geometry car inspection and four internal rail-flaw inspections annually;
  • provide training to crews operating LNG-carrying trains and emergency responders along LNG routes;
  • prohibit double stacking of the ISO tanks; and
  • notify FRA monthly as to the number of LNG containers shipped.

Customers will supply the ISO containers used to transport LNG in Alaska, an ARRC spokesman told HHPi.

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Source: Published report with HHP Insight follow-up

Alaska LNG – Shipped by Rail?

March 25, 2015 in LNG, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alaska Railroad Corp Would Employ a Fleet of ISO Containers

The Alaska Railroad Corporation proposes to move liquefied natural gas via ISO containers from new liquefaction facilities in the state, some 250 miles to customers in Fairbanks. updated March 26

The Alaska Railroad Corporation proposes to move LNG via ISO containers from the new WesPac Midstream plant at Port MacKenzie to Fairbanks.

The Alaska Railroad Corporation proposes to move LNG via ISO containers from LNG production facilities at Port MacKenzie some 250 miles north to Fairbanks.

ARRC cites an existing facility at Cook Inlet’s Port MacKenzie (near Anchorage) that currently supplies Fairbanks Natural Gas, and a new $600 million facility planned by WesPac Midstream (HHP Insight, September 10, 2014).

66 Flatcars Envisioned

The railroad would ship LNG in 11,000-gallon ISO containers. Service would start with existing equipment, according to a recent presentation by VP Dale Wade, ramping up to 66 new leased or purchased 89-foot flatcars, each able to carry two ISO units. The railroad would also acquire three additional locomotives, adding to a current fleet of about 50.

The ISO containers would cost between $135,000 and $145,000 apiece, and would be provided by the LNG producer.

LNG-Fueled Locomotives? Maybe Later

AARC has identified six potential locations in the Cook Inlet area that could serve as staging points for product that would be shipped by truck from the liquefaction sites.

As for fueling its locomotives with LNG, AARC would like to, a spokesman told HHPi, but will wait for the larger railroads to make the commitment and prove the technology.

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Source: ARRC/Alaska Railroad Corp with HHP Insight follow-up



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