Gas specialist Reganosa has delivered fuel for the first LNG-powered trains in Europe via its Mugardos terminal in the port of Ferrol, Spain.
The bunkering operation was hailed as a milestone for clean rail travel on the continent and was carried out as part of a pilot project which includes participation from Spanish rail and energy companies Renfe, Gas Natural Fenosa and Enagás as well as Institut Cerdà, ARMF and Bureau Veritas.
The pilot project will assess the feasibility of adapting locomotives to run on LNG and involves operation of an LNG-fuelled locomotive along a 20 kilometre section of track that extends from Trubia via Baiña station and Feve diesel train depot to Figaredo in Asturias.
During the trial, the project partners will examine the relevant technical, legal, economic and environmental parameters to scale the system to the Spanish and European rail network.
First Yamal LNG arrives in Ferrol
The LNG fuel for the pilot project was delivered to Asutrias by truck from the port of Ferrol and marks a new phase for the site as an LNG hub. Reganosa announced in December that the terminal had received its first load of LNG from the Siberian peninsula of Yamal.
“The start in December of Yamal's liquefied plant is a great international milestone in the energy industry, for two reasons: the challenge of building and operating an infrastructure of this kind in the difficult weather conditions of the Artic, and for the utilization of Yuzhno-Tambéiskoe deposits,” a Reganosa spokesperson said in a statement.
The Yamal LNG project sits on one of the biggest gas deposits in Russia, with estimated reserves of 926 million cubic meters of gas.
Reganosa exploring LNG bunker ship
Headquartered in Galicia in North-western Spain, Reganosa develops, operates and maintains natural gas infrastructures and is a certified transmission system operator (TSO).
As the operator of the Mugardos terminal the firm has been instrumental in driving the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel via the port of Ferrol. The firm is currently completing a feasibility study into the commissioning of an LNG bunkering ship with capacity of up to 10,000 cubic meters.
“Studies and related work are being carried out through the European project LNGas Core Hive, which also involves the main Spanish ports. Having this service offering gives Ferrol an advantage over other cities and promotes the uptake of cruises that have chosen LNG as fuel,” a port spokesperson said.