European Premiere: First LNG Tank Car Loading
Hamburg, April 25, 2016. VTG Aktiengesellschaft (WKN: VTG999), one of Europe's leading wagon hire and rail logistics companies, loaded an LNG tank car with cryogenic liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Brunsbüttel Ports' Elbe port for the first time today, in cooperation with Chart Ferox a.s. and PRIMAGAS. This is yet another milestone in the development of LNG transportation via rail. As part of an event attended by representatives from industry, logistics, shipping and the political arena, the hosts in Brunsbüttel presented their newest developments and projects for the utilization and establishment of cryogenic liquefied natural gas.
"We need LNG in Germany's energy mix, not only to be able to guarantee an independent energy supply, but also one which is stable and takes the environment into account," said Norbert Brackmann, Member of the German Parliament. "I'm delighted that the companies here today are innovative and are showing the desire to invest in the future, setting a good example to others," he continued, showing support for the leadership role the four companies represented at this meeting are taking in the LNG sector.
First LNG Tank Car Loading
At the Brunsbüttel Elbe port today, VTG, in close cooperation with PRIMAGAS Energy GmbH & Co. KG and Chart Ferox a.s., loaded an LNG tank car with cryogenic liquefied natural gas. PRIMAGAS is one of Germany's largest liquefied gas suppliers. Alongside VTG, Czech company Chart Ferox a.s., specialists in the development of transportation containers for cryogenic liquefied gases, built the tank car's tank. More than 80m3 of liquefied natural gas was pumped into the wagons from two PRIMAGAS LNG trucks. "With a volume of some 111m3, the LNG tank car can carry approximately 95-100m3 of product," explained Sven Wellbrock, Head of the VTG Rail Europe business segment, outlining the tank car's features. "Per wagon, this corresponds to an energy value of about 600,000 kilowatt hours." As a 'rolling pipeline', industries with a very large energy requirement can be supplied permanently with liquefied natural gas in this way. In cooperation with Brunsbüttel Ports as an LNG terminal location, using the LNG tank cars to supply the Baltic Sea ports would be a conceivable idea.
Brunsbüttel as an LNG Terminal Location
The fact that Brunsbüttel was selected as the location for the first test load of a VTG LNG tank car is no coincidence. "We would like to position ourselves as a leading LNG location in Germany and, in Brunsbüttel, the various potential uses of the substance can be brought together in an ideal manner. These are, namely, sea-faring vessel bunkering at the heavily used Elbe / Northern Baltic Sea canal intersection, the high gas requirements of regional industrial companies in the Brunsbüttel ChemCoast Park and in Hamburg and the possibility of distributing LNG further by rail in cooperation with VTG, as well as regasification and feeding into the pipeline network. In addition, Brunsbüttel has many years of experience in handling hazardous materials such as, for example, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and the ideal nautical conditions at the Elbe port are in place. These are all reasons why we are convinced that Brunsbüttel is the most suitable location for an LNG import terminal in Germany," explained Frank Schnabel, Managing Director of the Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH / SCHRAMM Group.
Schnabel went on to say that the entire region would benefit from this. "An LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel would be an investment both in and for the Hamburg metropolitan area and the Lower Elbe region. It is therefore considered a comprehensive project for this economic area. We are currently carrying out intensive discussions with potential investors and clients, as well as on a political level."
VTG Aktiengesellschaft is one of Europe’s leading wagon hire and rail logistics companies, with a fleet consisting of more than 80,000 railcars. VTG offers a full-range service, providing tank cars, intermodal wagons, standard freight wagons and sliding wall wagons. In addition to the hiring of wagons, the Group offers comprehensive multi-modal logistics services, mainly around rail transport, and global tank container transports. With the combination of its three interlinked divisions Railcar, Rail Logistics and Tank Container Logistics, VTG offers its customers a high-performance platform for international transport of their freight.
About Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH:
Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH, a company of SCHRAMM group, is owner and operator of the group of ports in Brunsbüttel and operator of further terminals in Glückstadt, Hamburg and Rendsburg.
With the strategically advantageous location of Brunsbüttel at the lower Elbe and at the Kiel-Canal the group of Ports at Brunsbüttel – Elbehafen, Oilport and Port of Ostermoor – offers direct access to North and Baltic Sea as well as to the European inland waterways, being in close distance to Hamburg with available industrial areas next to the Port.
These advantages of location but also the extensive range of maritime services make the Ports an attractive centre for cargo handling for the largest connected industrial area of Northern Germany and for the metropolitan area of Hamburg. Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH serves regional customers as well as national and international customers in the range of cargo handling, storage, transit and project logistics.
Further information available at www.vtg.com and www.brunsbuettel-ports.de