Production of the first LNG hybrid locomotive launched in Lithuania
Members of the Baltic Sea Region LNG cluster, representing Lithuanian business organizations, and two science institutions signed LNG hybrid rail locomotive production agreement in Vilnius Locomotive Repair Depot on 10th October 2017. First stage of prototype design and development will take about six months.
The LNG hybrid locomotive project has combined the engineering and technological resources of the Lithuanian LNG cluster members and partners including AB Lietuvos geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways), Klaipėda Stevedoring Company BEGA, AB Klaipėdos nafta, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and Klaipėda University.
Representatives of these companies and science institutions gathered in a special ceremony to observe how diesel engine was removed. Participants were introduced with the unique technology of the LNG locomotive and process of production. LNG hybrid system will be combined with a battery pack in order to balance the locomotive performance for shunting purposes.
The event was attended by high-ranking state officials supporting new technology projects and ambition of establishing Lithuania as the LNG technology and distribution centre in the Baltic Sea region – Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas.
It is expected that the locomotive will be ready for use by 2020.
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