The French company Elengy announced in early April that it had completed its first operation to transport liquefied natural gas using the railways. The raw material, which was received at the Fos Cavau import terminal on the Mediterranean Sea, was loaded into ISO-containers and then onto rail-based trailers. The cargo finally made its way to Milan.

For Elengy, the operation of transporting liquefied natural gas via rail is an important step towards implementing the company’s strategy which envisions diversification of the means of transport used to convey LNG, reduction of air pollutant emissions and incorporation in the supply network of other regions of France and Europe.

Ultimately, Elengy wants to transform its LNG terminals into multimodal hubs, which will make the liquefied natural gas offered by the company more accessible to customers.

By introducing rail-based LNG transport, Elengy is considerably expanding its offering. In 2013, the company began loading LNG onto trucks. Elengy also offers ship bunkering services with liquefied gas.

Elengy has three LNG import terminals in France: Montoir, Fos Tonkin and Fos Cavaou. At the Montoir terminal, the company offers an STS – Ship-to-Ship LNG transhipment service. In 2020. Elengy carried out 21 such operations.

The primary method of LNG transport used by LNG is by truck (in 2020, Elengy loaded LNG on more than 11,000 trucks). The three terminals owned by Elengy can load crude on 25,000 wheeled tankers. The tanks alone, which the terminals have at their disposal, can hold 770 thousand cubic metres of liquefied gas, with a regasification capacity of 20 billion tonnes per year.

By Annie Cook (photo: Elengy)