‘Exclusive’ Tour in Connection with the HHP Summit
The Florida East Coast Railway gave High Horsepower (HHP) Summit participants a look at its liquefied natural gas operations in Jacksonville, Fla. last week. The “exclusive tour,” FECR says, included participants not only from rail but from the marine, mining, E&P/energy exploration and production and power generation HHP sectors.
“It was a varied group,” says a release, “with attendees traveling from as far as Columbia, Japan, Korea and Canada.” Also in attendance were FRA/Federal Railroad Administration officials, Class 1 railroad employees, and the magazine Railway Age.
The event included stops at several demonstration stations featuring two LNG-powered locomotives with an LNG tender between them, and LNG fueling station, an ISO container, an LNG-fueled truck, “and a tour of the railway’s historic business cars.”
A North American First
FECR is “the first North American railroad to operate its entire mainline fleet on LNG,” COO Fran Chinnici said in the post-Summit announcement.
“We hope that our efforts will help other railroads and industries with this paradigm shift,” he said.
According to a previously published report, FECR purchased two dozen LNG-ready ES44C4 locomotives from GE Transportation. Following trials, the fleet was converted to LNG-diesel dual fuel operation.
FECR noted last week that while LNG operations commenced in 2015, conversion of its entire mainline thru-haul fleet to LNG was completed this year. The railroad has 351 miles of mainline track.
‘Virtual Pipeline’ Opportunities
As of last month, FECR has completed more 2,300 trips covering more than 850,000 miles, consuming more than 2.7 million gallons of LNG.
With FRA sanction, FECR is currently moving LNG containers between affiliate New Fortress Energy’s liquefaction plant in Hialeah and Port Miami and Port Everglades. The railroad says that “rail transportation creates a virtual pipeline” for LNG.
The Fortress company’s regional trucking business, Raven Transport, also uses LNG (F&F, September 29, 2016) and has converted 44% of its fleet to run on the fuel, FECR said last week.
Training & Community Outreach
FECR’s Rod Keefe gave a presentation on LNG-related personnel training community outreach at last week’s HHP Summit.
The HHP Summit series is organized and hosted by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Santa Monica, Calif. based Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
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Source: Florida East Coast Railway with F&F follow-up