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Making headway for use of liquefied natural gas on rivers

pittsbrg riverBy Anya Litvak

The idea of using liquefied natural gas to power vessels coming through the Port of Pittsburgh hasn’t advanced much since it popped up on the radar three years ago. But things should start moving quickly from here on, said Jim McCarville, executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission.

The port is launching a study to assess the feasibility of producing LNG in the region, the infrastructure that will be needed to distribute it, and the financial and technical barriers to running boats with the fuel.

LNG is a cheaper and cleaner fuel than diesel for marine vessels and the supply is expected to be rather stable for years. For gas producers, the marine market, however small compared to heavy duty trucks, is yet another market for their product at a time when supply far outstrips demand.

Last year, the Richard King Mellon Foundation granted $75,000 to the effort. In December 2012, the Benedum Foundation pledged $98,750. But it’s taken the better part of a year for the port, which had never before been granted foundation funds for a project, to pull everything together.
Read more:http://www.post-gazette.com/local/marcellusshale/2014/01/30/Making-headway-on-LNG-for-rivers/stories/201401300161#ixzz2rugubU2D

 
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Major players expect shale work to grow

ohioBy LARRY SHIELDS

SALEM – What’s’ going on in the Utica shale play in 2014?

According to Hess Corp., it expects to increase its Utica shale play investment by almost $100 million by drilling 35 wells in Ohio for $550 million. Last year it spent $455 million in the Utica.

Based in New York, the company has a presence in Ohio as Hess Ohio Developments and Hess Ohio Resources LLC with drilling activity mostly in Belmont, Guernsey, Jefferson counties with it biggest presence in Harrison County. It has no wells in Columbiana County. Overall, Hess plans $5.8 billion in capital expenditures in 2014 with almost half of that developing the North Dakota Bakken oil fields and shale resources such as the Utica play.

Consol Energy, which has an office in Leetonia, is expecting to pour some $24 million into Monroe County in Ohio while building its presence and at the Pittsburgh International Airport where it spent an estimated $500 million for leasing rights and plans to drill upwards of 47 Marcellus wells beginning in the fall. Consol will also use electric-powered rigs instead of diesel equipment. The company said it expects 2014 natural gas production to be between 215 – 235 Bcfe, of which 5 to 8 percent is expected to be NGLs/condensates/oil. Consol, like other drillers in the Marcellus/Utica plays, is pursuing the liquids (oil) and expects the gas-oil mix to increase to 10 to 15 percent in late 2016, with a 30 percent bump in combined totals.

Economic changes and trends, tracked by Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, show that most of the Ohio businesses benefiting from shale drilling provide basic services such as earth-moving, construction, landscaping and transportation.

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Natural gas powered locomotives may prove cheaper and cleaner

rail tracksBy Josh Funk

— OMAHA, Neb. — The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

Rail companies want to take advantage of booming natural gas production that has cut the price of the fuel by as much as 50 percent. So they are preparing to experiment with redesigned engines capable of burning both diesel and liquefied natural gas.

Natural gas “may revolutionize the industry much like the transition from steam to diesel,” said Jessica Taylor, a spokeswoman for General Electric’s locomotive division, one of several companies that will test new natural gas equipment later this year.

Any changes are sure to happen slowly. A full-scale shift to natural gas would require expensive new infrastructure across the nation’s 140,000-mile freight-rail system, including scores of fueling stations.

The change has been made possible by hydraulic fracturing mining techniques, which have allowed U.S. drillers to tap into vast deposits of natural gas. The boom has created such abundance that prices dropped to an average of $3.73 per million British thermal units last year — less than one-third of their 2008 peak.

Read more: http://www.dailyitem.com/0100_news/x1767996648/Natural-gas-powered-locomotives-may-prove-cheaper-and-cleaner/?state=taberU

 
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Pennsylvania State Energy Plan Backs Shale Development

PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently released his state energy plan, focusing heavily on continued shale development in the Keystone State.  Because of Pennsylvania’s abundant natural resources, Gov. Corbett called for an “all of the above and below” approach to energy, harnessing the power of traditional fuels and new technologies. The plan focuses on energy as a means toward continued employment growth in the Commonwealth, using the apt slogan, “Energy Equals Jobs.”

According to the details of the plan, Pennsylvania ranks as:

  • The second largest energy field in the world
  • The fourth largest state in the nation in terms of total energy production (3,858 BTU)
  • The second largest natural gas producer among all fifty states

The state energy plan also notes that the Keystone State “went from importing 75% of its natural gas just five years ago to now being a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 100 years.”  This is clearly due to the development of shale resources, as the plan highlights:

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GE makes move into North American shale

ge jpgHOUSTON — General Electric wants to stamp its iconic logo on more equipment used in North American shale plays and natural gas processing.

The industrial giant’s London-based oil and gas division is planning to buy Cameron International‘s high-horsepower natural gas gathering and processing equipment for $550 million, its first big move since it created a division to supply the $11 billion downstream technology market Jan. 1.

The surge in oil and gas production from North American shale has enabled big refiners to buy cheaper feedstocks and invest more in technology upgrades, said Mike Hosford, general manager for GE’s distributed gas business.

“There are a lot of downstream projects on the board that haven’t been there in the past, and you can say shale was the instigator that got this going,” Hosford said. “The market is buoyant and growing.”

The Cameron deal, expected to close later this year, would add high-speed reciprocating compressors — used in gas gathering, processing and transmission — to  GE Oil & Gas’ downstream gas business, which has lower-horsepower units, the company said Monday.

Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/GE-makes-move-into-North-American-shale-5160333.php

 
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