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EDGE produces first LNG in the US

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Edge Gathering Virtual Pipelines 2 LLC (EDGE), a company that converts stranded and flared natural gas into LNG, has produced and delivered its first LNG in the US.

According to the statement, EDGE began on-well-site LNG production in the US on 7 May this year, accessing Marcellus gas in Pennsylvania, and making truck-delivered LNG sales to its first customers, which include Emera Energy Services, Inc. To date, the company has delivered more than 30 000 gal. of LNG to a delivery point at a New England gas utility over 300 miles away from the Marcellus production site.

The EDGE Virtual Pipeline works by utilising Galileo Global Technologies’ transportable CryoboxTM LNG production and liquefaction equipment ‘at the source’ (natural gas wells), and delivering the LNG directly to customers. The Cryobox units fit on standard 40 ft tractor trailers and are designed to be quickly and easily connected and disconnected from feedstock gas wells. In addition to this, the units are also self-powered, using produced gas, removing the need for a grid connection.

Mark Casaday, Chief Executive Officer of EDGE, said: “It is estimated that stranded wells account for up to 60% of global reserves, and up to 20% of those drilled in Marcellus, showing the scale of this untapped resource.

“The virtual pipeline model has already been deployed in Mendoza, Argentina, where the first LNG-fuelled power plant running entirely on previously stranded gas, is now well established. Now we’re bringing this innovation to the US and rest of the world. With EDGE, well-owners can monetise these assets for the first time, and the market benefits from the lowest cost and highest quality LNG available.”

Mark Dickinson, Managing Director, Blue Water Energy, added: “EDGE is a truly rare thing: a company solving a global issue that has the industry wringing its hands, with a solution at once both truly innovative and brilliantly simple. LNG is a fuel of the future and EDGE can take it anywhere.”

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