FCAB CRRC hydrogen loco

CHILE: The Ferrocarril de Antofagasta transport subsidiary of mining company Antofagasta has ordered a hydrogen fuelled locomotive from CRRC Qishuyan and AHTECH.

The metre-gauge locomotive is expected to enter service in the second half of 2024. It will be powered using green hydrogen. FCAB said it would have the same traction capabilities as its existing diesel locomotives, which could be converted to hydrogen fuel.

Safety features will include gas detection systems and an automatic supply cut off in case of a minor leak.

The purchase announced on November 23 forms part of FCAB’s climate strategy, which includes a goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 30% by 2025.