High hopes for Europe’s first LNG-powered train

A Spanish consortium hopes to show that huge emissions reductions can be made if Europe’s diesel-powered locomotives switch to LNG
By Chris Noon 14 February 2017
A two-car diesel multiple unit Renfe Feve train. The pilot in Asturias will use a similar model. (Phil Richards/Flickr)

Using LNG-fuelled engines in Europe’s locomotives instead of diesel could lead to huge reductions in emissions from the continent’s railway network, Barcelona-based Gas Natural Fenosa has told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

Gas Natural Fenosa is partnering with Spanish national rail operator Renfe and transmission giant Enagás in Europe’s first pilot project using LNG for rail traction. The pilot will take place in Asturias, in northwest Spain, in April.

Replacing diesel with LNG in locomotive engines could lead to a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, a 70-90%...

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