Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway recently provided an exclusive tour of its LNG operations at its Jacksonville facility, as part of the annual Natural Gas for High Horse Power (HHP) summit, which was held in downtown Jacksonville November 6-9. Tour participants came from a wide range of industries, including marine, rail, mining, E&P, power gen operations. It was a varied group, with attendees traveling from as far as Columbia, Japan, Korea and Canada. Also in attendance were Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) officials, Class 1 Railroad employees and Railway Age.
The tour included several demonstration stations where FEC’s LNG experts were available to answer questions to attendees on the various aspects of its use of LNG. The stations included two LNG-powered locomotives with tender car between, fueling station, ISO container, LNG-powered truck and a tour of the railway’s historic business cars. “We are proud to be the first North American Railroad to operate its entire mainline fleet on LNG”, said Fran Chinnici, Chief Operating Officer.
FEC also gave an overview of the fueling process. The locomotives utilize an LNG “kit” that allows for dual fuel capabilities. FEC’s LNG-Diesel engine technology burns 80% less diesel, resulting in an 80% reduction in NOx emissions. Natural gas also gives off roughly half the CO2 emissions as coal when burned for electricity, and little to no emissions of SO2, NOx or particulate matter.
FEC Railway pioneered the use of LNG as an alternative to diesel for its locomotives as a key part of its overall sustainability objective. FEC has been operating on LNG since late 2015 and completed the conversion of its entire mainline thru-haul fleet to run on LNG this year. Its regional trucking business, Raven Transport, also utilizes LNG and converted 44% of its fleet to run on the fuel. As of October 2017, FEC completed over 2,300 trips traveling more than 850K miles while consuming more than 2.7M gallons of LNG.
Source: FEC Railway