Webinar to focus on commercial small-scale liquid natural gas

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — What is liquified natural gas, or LNG, and how is it made? What are its benefits compared to other energy sources? How is it transported, stored and consumed? And what are the markets for LNG?

Those questions and more will be answered during a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

The webinar, "Liquid Natural Gas: Small Scale Commercial Impacts and Opportunities," will be presented by Tim Miller, engineering manager with Frontier Natural Resources, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Miller will discuss the production and uses of liquid natural gas for commercial business opportunities and the local economic impacts it can provide with small-scale natural gas liquefaction facilities.

LNG made headlines in August when the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced that liquefied natural gas exports will increase as five new projects come online in the next three years, making the United States the third largest LNG exporter after Australia and Qatar. However, Miller pointed out, there are many opportunities for LNG to be produced economically and distributed domestically for commercial use.

"The abundance of natural gas in America has provided enormous energy cost savings all across the country. Unfortunately, this benefit is realized only by businesses and individuals with access to natural gas pipelines," he said. "With small-scale LNG, we can deliver cheap energy to everyone, including those forgotten or ignored by the large utilities."

The webinar is free, but registration is necessary. To register, visit the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events webpage. More information is available by contacting Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or at cal24@psu.edu.

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Upcoming webinars include the following:           

— Nov. 16: "Abandoned Wells in Pennsylvania: What is a Reasonable Estimate?" presented by Terry Engelder, professor emeritus, Department of Geosciences, Penn State.

— Dec. 21: "The SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative: A New Regional Approach," presented by Don Kiel, executive director and secretary, SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative Inc.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website, covering a variety of topics such as liquid natural gas; seismic testing; methane emissions; water use and quality; Marcellus and Utica basins; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

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Last Updated October 12, 2017