GB Railfreight (GBRf), one of the largest rail freight operators in the UK, signed a rail haulage contract with Lynemouth Power Limited, following a successful tender submission.
The new service is expected to commence in the second half of 2017. GBRf plans to run up to 27 trains per week, delivering over 37k tones of biomass per week. The trains will run between Port of Tyne and Lynemouth Power Station. Wagon manufacturer Astra and leasing company Nacco are to supply GB Railfreight with 50 high-capacity hopper wagons to support this biomass haulage contract.
The contract comes as part of a 10-year investment project for the power station. GBRf previously demonstrated its reliability along this route whilst running coal services to Lynemouth power station when it was owned by RWEST. The last coal train into the station was April 2015.
“We are delighted – John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, said – to announce this new contract with Lynemouth Power, as a result of the commitment and dedication from our team. GB Railfreight has grown extensively over the past few years, and new contracts with companies such as Lynemouth Power are an indication of the positive outlook for our company’s future. This new contract shows the strength of our company, at a critical time for investment in the rail freight industry, we are very proud we are able to continue to grow in this environment. We are extremely pleased sign this deal with Lynemouth Power, we look forward to working closely with them to help deliver power to the UK.”
The announcement follows the completion of a deal between GBRf and PUMA energy last November, to run fuels services from Interminals Immingham East.
GB Railfreight has a specialist team and fleet to transport biomass. Because of its diverse nature there is more than one way to move biomass: hopper wagons with special biomass covers, box wagons, containers or tanks. “We have all of these wagons and they deliver a variety of biomass daily from ports to power stations”, the company stated.
“Over three years we have built up our team and resources, and have contracts with Drax power station in Selby and E.ON_s power station in Ironbridge. As part of our work with E.ON, we shift 1.5 million tonnes of biomass per year between Liverpool Docks and the Ironbridge Power Station. As part of our contract with Drax, we move 1.5 million tonnes of biomass from the Port of Tyne to Drax power station in Selby.”
by Eddy Smith