The LNG adaptation of two straddle carriers of the Port of Barcelona is advancing and the working group that is developing the project recently met at the IDIADA facilities. This initiative involves two Port’s container terminals (APM Terminals Barcelona and BEST) that provide the machines. It consists of the conversion of diesel engines so that they can operate with natural gas (dual fuel engines or 100% gas engines) and the incorporation of the corresponding LNG tanks.
The project, a pioneer in container terminals in the Mediterranean, includes the study of the needs and benefits of these machines; the technical feasibility of adapting carriers; the design of the natural gas supply logistics and their security measures; the measurement and comparison of the consumption and emissions generated by the different fuels; and the specific training for the personnel involved in the use and maintenance of the units.
At the meeting, the heads of the department of Powertrain d’IDIADA explained how the transformation of diesel engines to LNG had been carried out, seeking more homogeneous and efficient combustion. Likewise, the design and adaptation of the 600 liter LNG tanks that will be installed in each of the straddle carriers was presented to the working group. The start of the tests is expected at the end of this year, once the conversion of the engines has been completed and once the installation of the LNG tanks has been carried out.
This project, which started in 2016 and involving a total budget of 1,222,000 euros, is part of the CORE LNGas HIVE Project, led by ENAGAS and co-financed by the European Union’s CEF program, and is also included in the actions envisaged in the Air Quality Improvement Plan of the Port of Barcelona.
Source: Port of Barcelona