10 September 2021 Europe

The Sakhalin Hydrogen Train Project To Progress To Implementation Phase

Having evaluated the Base Concept and the Compressive Financial Model of the Sakhalin Hydrogen Railway Transportation Project, Russian Railways, the Government of Sakhalin Oblast, Rosatom, and TMH signed a protocol declaring it feasible and viable.

The signatures under the protocol were left by the Governor of Sakhalin Oblast Valery Limarenko, CEO and Head of the Board of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov, CEO of TMH Kirill Lipa, and the First Deputy CEO - Head of International Development of Rosatom Kirill Komarov.

Moving the project forward, the participants intent to initiate the necessary arrangements with the federal authorities, financial institutions, and third-party stakeholders.

Valery Limarenko, Governor of Sakhalin Oblast: “Time has come to design and manufacture a preproduction batch of 7 trains. We will also need to establish here, on Sakhalin, a low-ton production of hydrogen, a network of hydrogen refuelling stations, form a testing site, and launch passenger service. The required personnel will be trained and recruited through the island’s own university. Sakhalin Oblast is about to become a leader of the yet new to Russia hydrogen economy. This means tax revenues for the local treasury, high-tech jobs, and preserving the environment. For many Sakhalin and Kuril residents, this will create opportunities to become in-demand specialists in a new and promising profession”

Oleg Belozerov: “We systematically work on improving environmental compatibility of our rolling stock. Hydrogen trains are not science fiction anymore, but rather our near future. They will eventually allow to reduce the air emissions to zero. Of course, it is a long way ahead before all technological and economic nuances are settled, but there is no doubt we will find a solution, which will be comfortable for everyone. Our experience shows that in-demand innovations can be implemented rather quickly.”

Kirill Lipa, CEO of TMH: “TMH invests significant resources into this project. Our best engineers and designers are engaged in it, and the technical configuration of the rolling stock is already determined. We are confident that the success and the upscaling of this project could not only significantly impact the environmental aspect of rail transportation, but also serve as a boost to the development of all related technologies. We expect a proactive stance from the government to speed up the implementation of the project and enlarge its applicability.”

Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director-General for Development and International Business of ROSATOM: “Together with the Government of Sakhalin Oblast we are developing supportive measures for the hydrogen train project on Sakhalin, including hydrogen manufacturing infrastructure. In this project, Rosatom is responsible for the production and supply of hydrogen fuel and the refuelling infrastructure. With Rosatom’s grand hydrogen technologies development program, we also consider the prospects of using Russian-made technologies for fuel supply of hydrogen trains.”

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