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STQ’s Gauthier LNG Ferry Enters Service

July 15, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

North America’s First LNG Ferry, Canada’s First LNG Ship

North America’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled ferry entered service this week, as STQ, the Société des traversiers du Québec, put the Italian-built F.A. Gauthier to work on the St. Lawrence River.
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Gaz Métro & Fluxys for Natural Gas

December 12, 2014 in Companies, LNG, Marine, Natural Gas Vehicles, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Quebec Utility and Belgium Gas Specialist Pool Expertise,
Say They May Co-Invest ‘As Interesting Projects Take Shape’

The Quebec utility Gaz Métro and Brussels-based Fluxys, an independent gas infrastructure group, have agreed to pool their expertise and stimulate liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas markets for the transportation sector and for industrial use.
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CN Progress on LNG Trains

October 14, 2012 in LNG, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alberta ECI Locomotive Trials Affirmed on Alberta Route,
InoxCVA Tapped as Railroad Sees HPDI for Longer Term

CN – Canadian National Railway – has confirmed trials of an LNG-fueled train in Alberta using technology from ECI, Washington State’s Energy Conversions, Inc. CN says that for the longer term, it’s working with Westport Innovations, Gaz Metro, and Caterpillar’s EMD unit on high pressure direct injection technology, and on a standardized railway tender, or LNG fuel car.
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Fincantieri for Quebec LNG Ferry

August 13, 2012 in LNG, Marine by HHP  |  No Comments

Operator STQ Chooses Chantier Davie for Its Smaller Boats

STQ, Canada’s Société des traversiers du Québec, has chosen the shipyards for three diesel-LNG dual fuel (Wärtsilä engine) ferries it’s building as part of a broad natural gas initiative with the Gaz Métro utility announced last year (F&F, November 14).
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EMD for Westport LNG Locomotive

January 2, 2012 in LNG, Rail by HHP  |  No Comments

Westport Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT) is working with Electro-Motive Diesel to apply Westport’s high pressure direct injection technology to a locomotive.

An EMD locomotive is to be fueled by liquefied natural gas as part of a Sustainable Development Technology Canada-supported effort with Montreal-based Gaz Metro. Gas Metro is also working to use LNG for heavy duty trucks in Canada, and for ferries (F&F, Nov. 14).

Canadian National Railway locomotives in the Symington Yard in Winnipeg, Manitoba. CN operates approximately 1,500 locomotives and 61,500 freight cars. Photo courtesy CN.

Canadian National Railway locomotives in the Symington Yard in Winnipeg, Manitoba. CN operates approximately 1,500 locomotives and 61,500 freight cars. Photo courtesy CN.

The EMD locomotive for the project is being provided by CN, Canadian National Railway. As per the parties’ consortium agreement, Westport will provide its core HPDI and related technology for the engine and fuel system. “EMD will contribute its expertise to integrate the natural gas engine, related components and controls to create a working locomotive platform,” Westport says.

“EMD brings a great deal of experience and engineering knowhow in locomotive applications,” Paul Blomerus, senior director for high horsepower with Westport, said in a release. “Westport’s HPDI technology is ideally suited to high-horsepower applications such as locomotives as it retains the diesel engine’s favorable operating characteristics of high torque and power, transient response and efficiency, while reducing carbon emissions,” Blomerus said.

According to the United Nations, railroads around the world burn 9 billion gallons of diesel fuel annually, largely in the transportation of freight, Westport reports. “The development of natural gas-fueled locomotives will dramatically reduce the cost of transporting the world’s primary resources and manufactured goods because of the low cost of LNG compared with diesel fuel,” the company says. “Furthermore, the use of natural gas reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 27%.”

Westport Innovations has partnered with Electro-Motive Diesel to develop a natural gas-fueled locomotive, with EMD tasked 'to integrate the natural gas engine, related components and controls to create a working locomotive platform.'

Westport Innovations has partnered with Electro-Motive Diesel to develop a natural gas-fueled locomotive, with EMD tasked ‘to integrate the natural gas engine, related components and controls to create a working locomotive platform.’

Westport has a funding commitment of $2.3 million Canadian from SDTC to develop its HPDI technology for high-horsepower applications.

Illinois-based EMD has been a unit of Alabama-based Progress Rail since August 2010.
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