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EXCITING: DB Cargo makes more than 1,000 freight wagons fit for coal transports

EXCITING: DB Cargo makes more than 1,000 freight wagons fit for coal transports
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27 / 10 / 2022

DB Cargo brings coal to Saarland by freight train for power plant operator STEAG. The Bexbach power plant near Neunkirchen is thus one of the first large power plants to benefit from the new "priority corridors" for supply-relevant freight trains. With the coal trains to various power plant locations in Germany, DB Cargo is making a crucial contribution to securing the energy supply.

The "priority corridors" created by the federal government are used for transport. In a legal ordinance, the federal government has stipulated that these freight trains are given priority on the rail network on firmly defined transport routes and where there is a specific public energy supply. This procedure is regulated by the Federal Network Agency. The Parliamentary State Secretary and Logistics Commissioner of the Federal Government, Oliver Luksic received one of the first coal trains in Saarland together with Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, Member of the Management Board for Freight Transport at DB AG.

In addition, DB Cargo is currently in full swing with the modernization of more than 1,000 coal wagons. Some of these were in storage and are now being reactivated and also, retrofitted with whisper brakes.

For the Bexbach site, DB Cargo has also created a new supply chain for ammonia via the important single-wagon network. Ammonia is imported from seaports and is used to clean flue gas at coal-fired power plants. It, therefore, directly benefits compatible power plant operations in the region. Weekly deliveries of individual wagons by safe rail thus make recommissioning possible in the first place.

Oliver Luksic: "We have created the legal framework to be prepared for situations like this. Specifically, it allows energy transports to be prioritized. It is necessary because our rail network is already heavily utilized. Outages or delays can, therefore, not be seriously ruled out. At the same time, we can only succeed in securing supplies to the coal-fired power plants by working together. The sites in the Saarland in particular are of great importance for the country's energy security. That is why we are relying on close cooperation with logistics and the energy industry, for example with DB Cargo and STEAG, to provide planning security and implement pragmatic solutions."

Dr. Sigrid Nikutta: "DB accepts its responsibility for energy supply in Germany. We run as well, as fast and as much as possible. Supplying the power plants with hard coal - like so many things at the moment - is a new challenge that could not have been foreseen a few months ago. DB Cargo is once again demonstrating how quickly we can respond to such changes with a strong rail freight service. Thanks to DB Cargo's European network, we are also supplying additional power plant sites like here in Bexbach in the Saarland."


Source: Deutsche Bahn Press Releases


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