25 February 19

Multimodal transport for LNG logistics supply chain: First pilot test of LNG transport by road, rail and sea successfully carried out in Europe

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The CORE LNGas hive project successfully carried out the first pilot test of multimodal transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Europe. The initiative has consisted of transporting LNG in an
iso-container from Huelva to Melilla, by road, rail and sea.
The success of the initiative has been possible thanks to the partners who participate in this activity: Enagás, Renfe Mercancías, Cepsa, the Port Authorities of Bahía de Algeciras, Huelva, Melilla and Cartagena. Moreover, the project counted with the collaboration of Crisergas, which carried out the transport operations of the iso-container under the logistic supervision of Cepsa, and the company Setolazar, owner of the iso-container.
The LNG was loaded into the iso-container at the  Enagás Regasification Plant located in the Port of Huelva. From there, it was transported by truck to the Huelva Port Railway Terminal, where it
was transferred to a train. The train travelled to Majarabique station (Seville), and from there it was transported by truck to the Port of Algeciras (Cadiz). There, it was transferred to a vessel which made the journey from Algeciras to Melilla.


This pilot test demonstrated the effectiveness of the iso-container as a versatile and flexible solution for transporting natural gas. It facilitates the loading and unloading of LNG and can be easily handled from one means of transport to another, allowing the gas to travel long distances in a faster and safer manner. At the same time, it highlights the efficiency of the railway as a new key logistics solution to respond competitively to the growing demand for alternative fuels. This opens up the possibility that new locations and markets access LNG.