Major CNG Virtual Pipeline Coming to Susquehanna County, PA

MDN has had an eye on a trend we find exciting–“virtual pipelines”–by which we mean facilities that are located along a pipeline that compress the gas (CNG, or compressed natural gas), load it onto tanker trucks, and then distribute that gas to businesses that are not fortunate enough to be located near a natgas pipeline. With irrational opposition to pipelines seemingly rampant, virtual pipelines are a good alternative. We were first alerted to this trend when International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill in northern New York, near the Vermont border, opted for a virtual pipeline from NG Advantage, back in 2015 (see NY Paper Plant Opts for “Virtual” NatGas Pipeline Over Real One). NG Advantage has established a presence throughout New England, most recently adding Maine to their delivery options (see NG Advantage’s “Virtual” NatGas Pipeline to Maine Begins Flowing). A Camp Hill, PA-based company, Compass Natural Gas Partners, recently got into the virtual pipeline business in Lycoming County, PA (see Look Ma, No Pipeline! Lycoming County Co. Begins CNG Shipments). Yesterday PA Gov. Wolf issued a press release to say another company is starting up a virtual pipeline–this time in Susquehanna County, PA (MDN’s backyard). Xpress Natural Gas (XNG) will spend $18.6 million to build a facility that will employ nearly 90 people and load up to 100 tanker trucks a day for deliveries to customers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states…
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Marysville PA Talking w/Compass Natural Gas re “Virtual Pipeline”

virtual pipelineLast June MDN told you about Compass Natural Gas, a company that compresses natural gas and trucks it to locations not served by a pipeline, cool concept called a “virtual pipeline” (see Getting Marcellus NatGas to Customers without Pipelines). At the time we posted that story, Compass contacted MDN to state the company does not market or serve rural communities/end users, but rather manufacturers, fleets and businesses. It seems their marketing emphasis has changed. Marysville, in Perry County, PA (near Harrisburg) has no interstate pipeline nearby and only about 1% of Marysville’s residents and businesses use natural gas. The town is in talks with Compass to change that–by having Compass truck in CNG (compressed natural gas) for use by town residents and businesses. The town would, of course, need to install delivery pipelines. Right now Marysville is conducting a survey to see if residents would like to buy cheap, abundant, clean-burning (and home-grown) natural gas…
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A “Virtual Pipeline” for NatGas Goes Live in Upstate New York

virtual pipelineWe’ve written about the concept of a “virtual pipeline” a couple of times before, in October (see NY Paper Plant Opts for “Virtual” NatGas Pipeline Over Real One and Florida Co. Building Big CNG “Mother Station” in Marcellus Region). The simplified version is this: Instead of laying a pipeline in the ground, which is more or less permanent, use trucks and even trains to transport compressed natural gas (CNG) to a central facility and from that facility distribute the gas–either by local pipelines or by trucks. Sort of a hub and spoke system applied to moving natural gas. We find it intriguing. For the second time in the past few months such a system is being created in New York State. But this time it’s being created by a large/major utility–New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG). NYSEG is allowing new customers to sign up for natural gas in the Mechanicville (Saratoga County), NY area with the addition of a new “virtual pipeline” of CNG trucks that deliver CNG to a centralized facility in town. Here’s how that gas will help Mechanicville economically expand and provide new jobs…
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Andrew “Don Corleone” Cuomo Extorts National Grid, Wins Pipe Battle

Sometimes the bad guy wins. That’s life. It’s just happened in New York State. National Grid has caved–bowing to the extortion demands of an autocratic governor (Cuomo) in order to stay in business. New York’s system of justice is now fully, completely, 100% corrupted by Cuomo. A very sad day here in New York. Cuomo has claimed victory over National Grid and any other utility that would dare to challenge his autocratic, dictatorial authority in the state by getting National Grid to not only give up its demand for a new pipeline (Northeast Supply Enhancement, NESE) to provide natural gas supplies, but to actually pay a $36 million fine (i.e. bribe) in order to stay in business. Democracy is gone. Hello tyranny.
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Psychotic Cuomo to Cancel National Grid Gas Franchise in 2 Weeks

Man-child Andrew Cuomo, “governor” of New York State, is a truly desperate man. And desperate, corrupt politicians like Cuomo do desperate, mean, vicious and corrupt things–especially to protect their own backsides. Cuomo is following through on a recent threat he made to de-certify National Grid’s natural gas utility service that serves all of Long Island and parts of New York City. Just take it away from National Grid and (very corruptly) give it to another company (no doubt with lots of kickbacks to Cuomo’s campaign to follow).
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National Grid Uses Texas LNG Virtual Pipe to Supply Long Island

Sam Thigpen, founder and CEO of Thigpen Solutions, revealed something at Gulf Coast Energy Forum in New Orleans that is a revelation for us. Starting last winter, Thigpen and his Texas-based company has been shipping LNG to National Grid and their Long Island, NY operation during the wintertime, so that National Grid doesn’t run out of gas for its existing customers. In fact, Thigpen has a five-year contract to supply National Grid’s Long Island customers with (expensive) LNG.
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XNG Compressed Gas Truck Overturns Near Binghamton, Driver Killed

XNG CNG truck crash (Credit: Broome County Sheriff)

What is arguably the worst-case scenario for a virtual pipeline company has happened–and it happened not more than 10 miles as the crow flies from MDN HQ. Early Monday morning a compressed natural gas (CNG) truck from Xpress Natural Gas (XNG) was traveling up Interstate 88 near Binghamton (Chenango Bridge area) at 1 am when the driver noticed two deer on the road. He swerved to miss the deer, tipping over the truck which held full canisters of CNG. The truck and trailer crashed into the concrete barrier between the east- and west-bound lanes, ejecting the driver and, sadly, killing him. Both deer were killed as well. One of the canisters in the trailer was punctured and released its gas. Some 80 nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.
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Mass. NatGas Power Plant Wants Nothing to Do with LNG Virtual Pipe

Last November MDN told you that Northeast Energy Center, backed by Liberty Energy and NorthStar Industries, is proposing to build an LNG liquefaction plant in central Massachusetts (see LNG Liquefaction Plant May be Coming to Central Massachusetts). The plan is to connect to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline and chill natural gas into LNG for delivery to businesses and organizations like hospitals that are not connected to a natgas pipeline–but want to use this cheaper, cleaner-burning fuel source.
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LNG Virtual Pipe Co Stabilis Buys/Merges in American Electric

Stabilis Energy, based in Houston, TX, offers a complete range of fully integrated LNG fueling solutions from LNG production to LNG distribution and technical support across North America. Stabilis has just bought out and merged in another company, American Electric Technologies. And believe it or not, there IS a Marcellus/Utica tie-in.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Jun 19, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Shale Network hosts eighth annual workshop; High school climate indoctrination using AP environment textbooks; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: California Delusion (video); NATIONAL: Small-scale LNG, virtual pipelines expanding to match demand in hard-to-reach areas; Pipeline project developers press FERC for project decisions.
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Stranded PA Marcellus Gas Converted to LNG, Trucked to New England

EDGE well pad LNG unit (click or larger version)

Got a well drilled and ready to produce with no prospects of connecting it to a pipeline system any time soon? No problem! We have exciting, breaking news to share. Edge Gathering Virtual Pipelines 2 LLC (EDGE) earlier today announced in May they deployed a special LNG unit to a remote Marcellus well in PA, converting gas from the well into LNG. The LNG was then loaded into a special unit and trucked to a gas utility some 300 miles away in New England. A new “virtual pipeline” is born!
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Vermont Radicals Pack Hearing to Support Total Pipeline Ban

cooking with cow dung

It seems the entire state of Vermont is ready to ban all new “fossil fuel” infrastructure. That is, no new pipelines anywhere for any reason if they flow natural gas. (Beer would be fine, but not natgas.) A bunch of old (and young) hippies from the leftist 350.org and their spawn organization 350Vermont packed a hearing room Tuesday night to support a bill that outlaws new pipelines in the state. They prefer to burn wood, coal and cow dung, apparently.
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Vermont Considers Banning All New Gas Pipelines, Infrastructure

Must be something in the water in Vermont. They elect people to high office like crazy Bernie Sanders and Pat “leaky” Leahy. And now there is a serious effort to pass a bill that will result in a ban on any kind of new infrastructure that supports natural gas. No more new local gas utility pipelines to new housing developments, no more new hookups for businesses locating in the state, no new hookups for factories, farms–no nothing. The reason? An abject, irrational hatred of fossil fuels. This cancer of irrational thinking has got to stop.
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CNG Trailer Rolls Over in Upstate NY, Closes Interstate

Credit: Fulton County Area News (click for larger version)

A tractor trailer hauling CNG (compressed natural gas) overturned Sunday morning on Interstate 88 near Cobleskill in Schoharie County, closing the Interstate for a few hours. This is one of those “virtual pipelines” we’ve written plenty about (see our stories here).

3/8/19 UPDATE: The driver fell asleep at the wheel causing the crash. See below.
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Exclusive: 2nd LNG Operation Coming to Wyalusing, PA

On Tuesday we brought you an update about New Fortress Energy’s LNG plant planned for Wylausing (Bradford County), PA (see Wyalusing, PA LNG Export Plant Making Progress). In researching that story we stumbled across news that (so far) nobody else has published: There is a second LNG plant planned for Wyalusing. In fact, the second plant is under construction right now!
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Nov 14, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: Paid to protest: Lifting the curtain on Keep Wayne Wild, LLC; McCormick: WV should pitch energy jobs to veterans; Prometheus, Summit open Lebanon, Missouri LNG facility; Massachusetts lawmakers schedule 2 hearings natural gas disaster issues; Natural gas: The $4 dam is breaking for the bears; How much could coal generation stem gas price upside in a cold winter?; And just like that, everybody stopped talking about $100 oil; Oil plunges over 8% as Trump faces off with Saudi Arabia, Russia over production; Structure of fossil-fuel source rocks is finally decoded; IEA says gas to overtake coal in energy mix by 2030; New global emissions rules boost LNG as shipping fuel; First U.S. LNG cargo since 10 percent tariff enacted arrives in China.
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