Tarragona, Spain (PortSEurope) December 4, 2018 – Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona (APT – Port Authority of Tarragona) has hosted an event to promote the European Core LNGas Hive project and its applications in the port sector, as well as Tarragona port’s project to adapt a diesel switching engine to run on liquified natural gas (LNG).
The latter included an explanation of the technical, legal and economic viability study undertaken by the Institut Cerdà and the process engineering transformation study carried out by the GPO Enginyeria consultancy.
The director of Corporate Development and Sustainability, Joan Basora, opened the meeting saying, “the port of Tarragona is a port committed to the application of LNG. There are many ways of using LNG in the port sector. The adaptation of a diesel switching engine to run on LNG is a good example of this and represents a commitment to efficiency and efficacy in rail transport”.
Next, director general of Enagás Emprèn and the project coordinator, Fernando Imposat, presented the Core LNGas Hive project. Among its advantages, he emphasised “the key role of the Iberian Peninsula and its infrastructure, as well as the developments in LNG aimed at improving air quality in the maritime sector and the port environment”.
The aim of the European Core LNGas Hive project, which is headed by Puertos del Estado, coordinated by Enagás and co-financed by the European Union, is to develop an integrated, safe and efficient logistics chain on the Iberian Peninsula to supply liquefied natural gas for use as a fuel in the transport sector, especially shipping.
As a partner in the CORE LNGas Hive project, Tarragona port has developed a project to convert a port switching engine to run on LNG. It is aimed at preparing the way for introducing LNG as a more sustainable alternative to the diesel technology currently used.
The first phase, the feasibility study, was undertaken by the Institut Cerdà. This study identified technical and legal barriers and analysed the economic feasibility and environmental impact of the introduction of LNG in Tarragona port’s rail shunting operations.
The second phase was carried out by GPO Enginyeria, whose study details all the steps needed to be taken into account in the conversion of the Adif 310 model locomotive, which will be used to undertake a pilot study in the port area.
Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona
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