Technically, the Marcellus Shale wasn’t the motivation behind IMG Midstream’s plan to build natural gas power plants in Pennsylvania.
The startup, based in Yardley, Bucks County, came up with the idea of building the plants after talking to small, shallow gas producers who were having trouble getting their gas to buyers, edged out of interstate pipelines by Marcellus production.
Don Clayton, a managing director with IMG, said he heard the concerns from a number of natural gas drillers in West Virginia. So, he thought, why not create a market for them?
The company wants to use local gas to make electricity that would be sold to the grid and fed back to local utilities.
“It’s similar to a farm-to-table concept,” said Ron Kiecana, another managing director at the company. “We want to keep the gas in the community and generate it for local consumption.”