French rapeseed fuel trials for Europorte Euro400 locomotives

EUROPORTE and Saipol have signed an agreement to trial the use of Oleo100, a B100 type fuel derived entirely from French rapeseed, to power locomotives in commercial service. A three-month trial will begin on July 6, with Stadler Euro4000 locomotives hauling freight trains. The aim of the trial is to replace part of the non-road diesel (GNR) used by Europorte locomotives on non-electrified routes with Oleo100. This renewable fuel should reduce GHG-emissions by 60% from the field to rail. Europorte says that with an experimental journey estimated at 1500km per week 35 tonnes of CO2 will be saved weekly by the locomotive.