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Friday, February 1, 2013

CNG Stations, Gas-Fired Electrical Plants Coming

CNG Stations, Gas-Fired Electrical Plants Coming

cngstationtowanda1Speakers 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.

gaselectricplant1Meanwhile, 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.

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

So what does it cost to retrofit my vehicle to use CNG and is that cost ever made up during the practical useful life of the vehicle versus continuing to pay the higher gasoline price?

I know for sure that going out and buying a new vehicle that runs on CNG is not a good financial decision when I already own a perfectly good vehicle that I have no payments on.

Anonymous said...

$800 Million is a lot of money for creating only a few jobs, most of which probably won't pay all very well.

Anonymous said...

This should really drive heating costs down...wtf

Anonymous said...

Any jobs to the area will help.

Anonymous said...

Potter County is taking a beating.
The industry is going to destroy Potter with a massive frack waste recycling facility and frack waste injection wells.

Potter is going to be the frack waste capitol of Pennsylvania.

CNG stations and gas fired electrical plants...What a slap in the face.



Anonymous said...

So 12:12 what are you doing about this? Are you pressuring the feds or the state (that's where the power is) and sharing your advanced expertise with someone who might be able to do something about it?

Anonymous said...

I think you should turn off your furnace and cut the power to your house. I believe the AMISH will welcome you into their community. Sell of all your electrical and gas powered items and you should be able to afford a real nice buggy with a couple horses. Or continue to bitch and moan because your too lazy to go bust your ass for 10-12 hrs a day 6 or 7 days to make good money, but pissed because someone else is.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about our children getting cancer and dying. Because I can watch t.v now right? This gas isnt heating your home dumbass. Its heating China. And sometimes Pittsburgh and New York city. "10-12 hours a day" hahahaha I wish I could sit in an air conditioned job trailer and play cards for 10 hours a day and call it work. Been there, done that. Yes, I left the industry because there wasnt a job I found that wasnt boring. Often sleeping for 6-8 hours of the shift. But I am sure you have too with your oh informative comment.

Anonymous said...

7:29 being a security guard at a well location is not in the industry, you obviously dont have a clue, if your job was so boring maybe you were too lazy to keep yourself busy!

Anonymous said...

Was a rig hand, tool pusher, then a well tender. Then left. But thanks for knowing me and what my job was

Anonymous said...

some people just love to bitch, don't they????

Anonymous said...

I turned off all of my electronics but my animals are still dying and my children cant bathe in my black water. What else can I do? Ive taken all of your suggestions and nothing has changed! Ive tried to just sell out but my land value now wont even pay off my mortgage! I will trade you my house and property for just an apartment! Please! The only thing good about it is the heater is warm, but please...