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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 has recently delivered coal to Saarland via freight train for STEAG, a power plant operator. The Bexbach power plant located near Neunkirchen is one of the largest power plants to benefit from the newly created "priority corridors" established for supply-relevant freight trains. DB Cargo's coal trains travel to various power plant locations across Germany, thus making a crucial contribution to energy supply security.

According to the federal government's legal ordinance, the "priority corridors" are specific transport routes designed to give freight trains priority on the rail network. This prioritization is mandated by the Federal Network Agency, and is implemented where there is a specific public energy supply. Oliver Luksic, the Parliamentary State Secretary and Logistics Commissioner of the Federal Government, together with Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, Member of the Management Board for Freight Transport at DB AG, received one of the first coal trains in Saarland.

DB Cargo is currently involved in modernizing over 1,000 coal wagons. The company is reactivating some of the wagons from storage and retrofitting them with whisper brakes. Additionally, DB Cargo has created a new supply chain for ammonia via the important single-wagon network for the Bexbach site. Ammonia is imported from seaports and is used to clean flue gas at coal-fired power plants. The weekly deliveries of individual wagons by safe rail thus make recommissioning possible in the first place.

Oliver Luksic mentioned the importance of creating a legal framework to prioritize energy transport. It is necessary because the rail network is already heavily utilized, and outages or delays cannot be ruled out. Dr. Sigrid Nikutta emphasized DB Cargo's role in accepting its responsibility for energy supply in Germany. Thanks to DB Cargo's European network, the company is supplying additional power plant sites like the one in Bexbach in the Saarland. The Saarland sites are of great importance to the country's energy security, so cooperation with logistics and the energy industry, for example with DB Cargo and STEAG, is necessary to provide planning security and implement pragmatic solutions.