CNG Stations, Gas-Fired Electrical Plants ComingSpeakers at meetings of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force and the local Natural Gas Resource Center have forecasted the arrival of motor vehicles and electrical generating facilities powered by gas. As demand for shale gas grows with these developments and others, the number of wells to be drilled in the region will increase, they say. Some of their forecasts were right on target.
A convenience store chain, Dandy Mini-Marts, recently marked the opening of the area’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in North Towanda (Bradford County). The price of gasoline is about $3.57 per gallon, whereas CNG cost $1.99 per gas gallon equivalent. CNG also burns cleaner than gasoline, reducing vehicle maintenance costs and impact to the environment. CNG needs to be run through compressors. In the Dandy case, these compressors are 250 horsepower. Gas is taken in through underground lines. Motor vehicles are being manufactured or retrofitted to run on CNG or automatically convert to gasoline when the CNG in their tanks runs out. Dandy Mini-Mart plans to open a second Bradford County CNG station in Athens by early March, and two more at undisclosed locations in the near future.
Meanwhile, Moxie Energy is proposing to build two natural gas-fueled electricity generating plants — one in Asylum Township, Bradford County, and the second in Clinton Township, Lycoming County. The company said it seeks to “take advantage of the abundant natural gas resources in the area and the skilled workforce that has developed around the domestic natural gas production.” Moxie Liberty In Bradford County and Moxie Patriot in Lycoming County will each consist of two combustion turbine generators that will each produce between 225 and 350 megawatts of electricity. The combustion turbines will be connected to two heat recovery steam generators where the hot exhaust gases from the combustion turbines will produce steam that will be directed to two steam turbines. The steam turbines will produce an additional 250 MW to 300 MW of electricity. Construction will take approximately 30 months and employ about 200 skilled and non-skilled workers. Once completed in early 2015, each $800 million investment will provide 25 to 30 technical and operations jobs.