Florida Co. Building Big CNG “Mother Station” in Marcellus Region

virtual pipelineA harbinger of things to come? Just two days ago MDN reported on an upstate New York paper mill that converted to using natural gas to operate the mill and decided to stick with trucked compressed natural gas (CNG), something called a “virtual pipeline,” instead of going through the hassles of building a permanent pipeline (see NY Paper Plant Opts for “Virtual” NatGas Pipeline Over Real One). On the heels of that announcement we have a second virtual pipeline announcement. A company based in Florida called Pentagon Energy announces they’ve just scored their first contract–in the Marcellus Shale–to build a CNG “Mother Station” (think central hub) that will truck 2.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of CNG per month to customers throughout the northeast. It is another virtual pipeline to customers not served by a real pipeline. We find this an exciting development with the power to mute some protests over pipelines. So who is Pentagon Energy and who is their first, big customer?…

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