• VTG trialling LNG transport

    From Robert@21:1/5 to All on Wed Sep 15 14:35:35 2021
    VTG press release:

    "Pipeline to go: LIQVIS and VTG test rail-based LNG transport in
    cooperation with Brunsbüttel Ports

    On behalf of LIQVIS GmbH, a subsidiary of Uniper SE, VTG AG has
    successfully completed initial tests involving the transportation by
    rail of cryogenically liquefied natural gas (LNG) in specially developed
    tank wagons. Chart Ferox a.s. provided 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 kilometers away in Ingolstadt.
    LIQVIS is using the project to investigate the option of using rail as a
    safe, cost-effective and ecologically sound way to transport LNG – a
    valuable alternative fuel – to putative distribution centers. The
    ability to move larger volumes in a single batch by rail reduces
    transport emissions while taking heavy traffic off the roads. Carrying hazardous substances by rail is also generally regarded as very safe.

    Innovation – The road to sustainable logistics

    VTG has been carrying liquefied natural gas for many years. Now, as the
    first and – to date – only company in the rail freight sector, it 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 transportation. “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,” says
    Heinz Jürgen Hiller, Business Development LNG Europe. “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.”

    “For both our customers and ourselves, the safe and seamless supply of
    LNG to our existing and planned filling stations is of crucial
    importance,” adds Sebastian Gröblinghoff, Managing Director of LIQVIS
    GmbH. “But besides wanting to deliver a product with a very low carbon content at our filling stations, we are also striving to actively reduce
    CO2 emissions throughout the upstream value chain. Having VTG by our
    side gives us a potent partner that shares our vision of a sustainable
    future. Within the framework of this test project, VTG is joining us in exploring potential to optimize the delivery of LNG to our network of
    filling stations.”

    Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH, whose port facility stands at the mouth of the
    Elbe River, was chosen as the venue for loading: The same site had
    already handled the first-time filling of VTG’s specially developed tank wagon with LNG back in April 2016. “In recent years, a strategically favorable location at the point where the Elbe flows into the Kiel Canal
    has combined with close proximity to the port of Hamburg and direct
    access to the Baltic and Scandinavian markets to establish the Elbe port
    in Brunsbüttel as one of the leading LNG terminals on Germany’s North
    Sea coast,” says Frank Schnabel, Managing Director of Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH/the SCHRAMM Group. 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."



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