Recently, Robert E. Petsinger, chairman and CEO of Marcellus Marketing Inc., announced his company's plans to construct a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility along the Ohio River, which could be used as an additional mode of transportation for energy supplies, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported.
The new facility would aid the increasing demand for LNG used to power 18-wheeler trucks, locomotives, river boats, mining and gas well drilling equipment and other heavy-duty engines, the source reported. Petsinger explained that if the facility is constructed, it would be able to generate 600,000 gallons of LNG each day, which could be sold to a variety of customers.
The Marcellus Marketing company also has plans to construct and operate at least 50 natural gas stations that will provide LNG fuel. According to the source, Petsinger has plans to build all of these fueling stations within a 500-mile radius of Pittsburgh, which will boost LNG usage in the Midwest substantially.
Another plant to produce LNG in the area
The REV LNG Inc. company also announced it will construct a new LNG processing facility, this one in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, The Daily Review reported. Additionally, the processing facility will cool LNG that is locally produced and made into liquid form.
Once the natural gas is completely cooled and liquefied, the fuel can be used for long-haul fleet services trucks, the source reported. The REV LNG facility will be able to produce at least 50,000 gallons of LNG a day, which is far less than what most LNG facilities work with, David Kailbourne, CEO of the company explained to the Bradford County Planning Commission.
"[The new plant is] one of the first of its kind," said Kailbourne, according to the source. "[LNG plants are] all over the country, but on a larger scale."
Kailbourne added that his LNG fleets currently work with more than a dozen different drilling rigs at the Marcellus shale, which spreads across Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the source reported. The rigs use the LNG as fuel to operate drilling equipment like fracking pumps that send high-pressured water into wells to fracture shale rocks in the ground so operators can recover trapped gases.
The CEO explained that LNG in liquid form is non-toxic and non-corrosive, which doesn't explode or ignite, the source reported. Kailbourne said that 20 percent of the northeast uses LNG as a precautionary fuel for emergencies.
LNG facilities increasing
LNG is still in its early stages, but the popularity of LNG facilities is growing as more are able to transform the gas into liquid for fuel, Observer Reporter stated. For facilities to do this appropriately, the temperature has to be managed correctly to transform the gas. Shell and tube heat exchangers are used to control the temperature to ensure a successful end-product.
"Like everything in LNG industry, it's baby steps, it's going to be incremental," said Kailbourne, according to the source.