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New natural gas powered locomotives

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Motive Power & Equipment Solutions (MP&ES) has introduced the Greenville™ locomotive, an ultra-low emissions Gen Set locomotive powered by a combination of natural gas and diesel fuels.


Company CEO, David Wilkerson, commented: “Natural gas offers our customers an opportunity to greatly reduce their operating fuel costs while cutting emissions at the same time. The availability of low cost, US sourced natural gas provides an unprecedented opportunity for green locomotives. MP&ES has invested heavily in technology, research and staffing to be at the forefront of delivering highly affordable, natural gas powered locomotives for switcher and short line operations.”

Natural gas locomotives

MP&ES has been evaluating technology options and developing system designs for natural gas locomotives for over two years. The company recognised the importance of providing a cost effective system that can meet the high reliability and durability requirements of the railroad industry. To deliver the best locomotives, an assessment was made of the full range of dual fuel and dedicated, 100% natural gas, technologies.

Dual fuel

MP&ES, with its technology partner OptiFuel Systems, is now conducting final power system testing and calibration along with full emissions certification. The company, which manufactures a line of locomotives under the MP designation, expects to begin taking orders on its Greenville™ MP1500 (1500 hp) dual fuel locomotives later this year.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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