How It Works
Liquefied natural gas is typically produced by chilling the natural gas to a temperature of 260 degrees below zero and it is then stored in this cooled liquid state. At this new plant, UGI plans to contain this natural gas by the thousands of gallons to satisfy the high demand. Storage tanks of about 280,000 gallons will be ready for use, says Vice President of Business Development, Matthew Dutzman. LNG is going through a tremendous growth period where the demand for this natural gas is extremely high, calling for large storage production and storage methods like these. LNG is known to be cleaner-burning and cost effective compared to other forms of fuel.
Looking to the Future
This LNG plant will include both liquefaction and local storage and is expected to be fully operational as early as 2017 and have the capability of producing 120,000 gallons of liquefied natural gas per day. Brad Hall, President of UGI Energy Services, commented:
“The marker for liquefied natural gas continues to grow thanks to its affordable cost and environmental benefits when compared to other petroleum products. As a result, truck fleets, oil and gas drilling rigs and remote industrial users not tied to the natural gas grid continue to switch to LNG. In the coming years, we also expect the use of LNG to increase in marine, rail and mining applications.”
This new plant will also allow UGI Energy Services to expand its natural gas sales exponentially. They plan to reach out to emerging markets like the trucking industry and for usage by remote power-generators like gas-drilling rigs or factories. They are also working on being promoted as an alternative fuel source for trains and large cargo ships that now typically burn only diesel or coal.
The future is bright for liquefied natural gas and it’s shedding that light on much of Pennsylvania. Keep a look out for new developments from UGI Energy Solutions for updates on their LNG expansions.