By Liz Reid
As the natural gas boom continues across Pennsylvania and the rest of the country, producers are looking for new markets for their products.
A recent study commissioned by America’s Natural Gas Alliance, an industry trade group, identified opportunities for the use of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to power cargo vessels on the nation’s waterways and railroads.
Amy Farrell, vice president of market development at ANGA, said they are anticipating a seven-fold increase in the use of LNG to power marine vessels on the nation’s inland waterways, on the Great Lakes, and in the Gulf of Mexico.
“It showed that in the next 15 years there can be a significant growth in LNG use actually projecting a billion gallons of LNG per year by 2029,” Farrell said.
More than 35 million tons of coal, gasoline and other commodities moved through the Port of Pittsburgh’s locks and dams in 2012. According to the ANGA study, those vessels burned between 1 million and 5 million mmBtu of fuel annually. Each mmBtu is equal to one thousand cubic feet of fuel.