VTG has successfully completed initial tests of cryogenically LNG tank wagon which is specially developed for LIQVIS GmbH, a subsidiary of Uniper SE.
For this pilot project, Chart Ferox provided the technical support for filling on the premises of Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH before the gas was carried by rail to a Uniper power plant roughly 800 km away in Ingolstadt, Germany.
LIQVIS is using the project to investigate the option of using rail as a safe, cost-effective and ecologically way to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) to putative distribution centers.
As rail is the most sustainable mode of transport, it has the ability to transport larger volumes in a single batch reducing the transport emissions while taking heavy traffic off the roads. The development of the cryogenically LNG tank wagon is important for the transport of hazardous substances which by rail are delivered is time and very safe to the destination, while reducing the emissions.
VTG is the first company in rail sector that has collaborated with Chart Ferox a.s. to develop an innovative tank wagon that can bypass shipping routes, road haulage and the pipeline network to transport LNG across Europe. The brand-new wagons boast a thermally insulated tank to keep the gas at a constant temperature during filling and transport.
“VTG already has the expertise and the logistical concepts that are needed to move LNG around Europe’s rail networks quickly, reliably and in a way that is kind to the environment. As a kind of ‘pipeline to go’, our LNG tank wagons can permanently supply liquefied natural gas to whole industries with a voracious appetite for energy. We are really pleased about this partnership, which plugs a gap in rail freight,” Heinz Jürgen Hiller, Business Development LNG Europe, said.
Brunsbüttel Ports with its port facilities at the mouth of the Elbe River, was chosen as the venue for loading during the trials. The same site had already handled the first-time filling of VTG’s specially developed tank wagon with LNG back in April 2016.
Both truck-to-ship and ship-to-ship LNG bunkering are business as usual in Brunsbüttel and plans for an LNG import and distribution terminal are proceeding apace. LNG could then be redistributed from Brunsbüttel by rail, in cooperation with VTG, by LNG bunker vessel or via the pipeline network.