MONTREAL, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Gaz Métro Transportation Solutions
(GMTS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Gaz Métro whose mandate is to
develop the market for natural gas as a fuel in Quebec, is proud to be
taking part in developing a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine
technology for locomotives, a first in Canada with two innovative
partners: Westport Innovations and the Canadian National Railways
Company (CN). This project, which aims to demonstrate the technical,
economic and environmental viability of this technology, from design to
supply, will receive $2.3-million in funding from Sustainable
Development Technology Canada (SDTC), an arm's-length, not-for-profit
corporation created by the Government of Canada.
Rail transportation: A new application for liquefied natural gas
A new LNG system for locomotives is to be developed by the Westport
Innovations-CN-GMTS consortium. The initial stages of the project will
consist in designing and testing, both in the plant and in the field,
an LNG system for powering a locomotive.
GMTS will provide its LNG expertise during the tests and will be
responsible for the logistics of fuel supply. "This demonstration
project is important for developing the natural gas market, a cleaner
and less expensive fuel. We salute the initiative of our partners,
which will ultimately lead to locomotives running on LNG, as well as
the vision and confidence shown by SDTC in developing this technology,"
asserted Jean-Pierre Noël, General Manager of GMTS.
If all goes according to plan, the Consortium expects the prototype of
an LNG-powered locomotive to be in operation in 2013.
Advantage of natural gas as a fuel
The interest in natural gas for use in transportation is not surprising.
More economical than diesel, it also helps reduce greenhouse gases
(GHGs) by 25% as well as cut most of the atmospheric contaminants
responsible for acid rain and smog.
The Canadian transportation sector is a significant source of GHG
emissions. According to Environment Canada, the transportation sector
was the source of 27% of total GHG emissions in Canada in 2007. Given
that fuel accounts for one-fifth of the railway industry's expenses,
the potential advent of a cleaner and less expensive technology is very
promising for reducing GHG production in Canada.
Overview of Gaz Métro
With over $3.6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is Quebec's leading natural
gas distributor. Operating in this regulated industry for over 50
years, Gaz Métro has become the trusted energy provider to more than
180,000 customers in Quebec and 135,000 customers in Vermont while
developing the skills and expertise needed to diversify beyond natural
gas. In line with its prudent growth strategy, Gaz Métro is present in
the electricity distribution market in Vermont and in the development
of wind power projects in Quebec. Showing a competitive spirit, Gaz
Métro is committed to its customers, Partners, employees and the
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