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  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 30, 2013 10:50 AM Flag

    Canadian Railway Experiments Natural Gas-Fueled Locomotives

    Canadian Railway Experiments Natural Gas-Fueled Locomotives
    The Canadian National Railway announced the launch of a natural gas-fueled locomotive test on September 28, 2012. The Canadian National Railway is working with Electro Motive Diesel, Westport Innovations Inc., and Gaz Metro Transport Solutions on a longer-term project to develop a high-tech natural gas locomotive and tender car.

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    • U.S. railroads use 10 million gallons of diesel a day, at a cost of $31 million a day.

      Couple that with tighter Environmental Protection Agency regulations affecting railroads that will take effect in 2015, and natural gas has begun to look more attractive.

      Rodney said his company's plan, in partnership with natural gas engine maker Westport, Canadian National and natural gas utility Gaz Metro, should be ready for demonstration in 2014.

      Another natural gas locomotive is already on the rails.

    • BISMARCK, N.D. – In on-going discussions with Gov. Jack Dalrymple, officials with the BNSF Railway Company have indicated they are in the early stages of studying the feasibility of building a liquid natural gas processing plant and refueling station to power the company’s next-generation locomotives. Dalrymple is encouraging BNSF officials to build in North Dakota if the proposed project moves forward.

      BNSF officials also are studying the cost savings from converting locomotives from diesel power to liquid natural gas and the viability of investing in new natural-gas powered locomotives.

      The building of a processing plant would create another market for North Dakota natural gas as state and industry officials continue work to reduce flaring. The processing plant and refueling station would also create jobs and other economic activity.

      “North Dakota’s vast natural gas resources and location within the BNSF rail system would make our state the ideal place to build and operate a natural gas processing plant and locomotive refueling station,” Dalrymple said. “We believe that BNSF would benefit by processing their own clean and affordable fuel source and by operating a processing plant and refueling station in such a strategic region of their nation rail service.

      • 1 Reply to e7navy1999
      • This article Sept 19th puts part of the puzzle of BSNF Rail and North Dakota together:

        Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 8:09 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

        GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. is putting billions of dollars into infrastructure improvements and is implementing safety measures that should allow it to keep up with demands of shipping crude from North Dakota, the company's CEO said Wednesday.

        BNSF CEO Matt Rose told attendees at the North Dakota Petroleum Council's annual meeting that the company will spend $4.3 billion in 2013 to improve its system and plans to invest $400 million in the next 18 months to increase its capacity to ship oil.

        The issue is important to North Dakota, which has become the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas. BNSF, the largest shipper of oil in North Dakota's Bakken and Three Forks shale formations, ships more than 600,000 barrels a day from across the U.S.

        "We understand the mission of oil producers, and rail is a good means to complete the job," Rose said.

    • Sept. 28....2012 !!! Year old NEWS???? You think this might already be priced in????? Disingenuous Pumper....IMO

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