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Blu. launches gas recapture system at LNG station

LNG Industry,

Blu., in partnership with Intermountain Gas Company, announced the launch of a gas recapture system at the Blu. LNG fuelling station in Nampa, Idaho, the first of its kind in the US.

The system captures boil-off gas from the LNG storage tank and returns it to the Intermountain natural gas pipeline, eliminating the venting of excess LNG into the atmosphere.

Innovative solution

Commenting on the development, Blu. CEO, Merrit Norton, said: “Blu. continues to lead the nation with innovative LNG fuelling solutions. By returning excess gas to the natural gas distribution system, we are increasing efficiency, saving money, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

With this gas recapture system, boil-off LNG is released from the LNG tank into a pressure regulator, then warmed and returned to gas form. A chemical odorant is added for safety and consistency purposes, and then the gas is pressurised to match the pressure of the natural gas pipeline and injected into the pipeline. Prior to passing into the pipeline, the gas is metered, and the vented gas is sold to Intermountain at a commoditised rate.

LNG fuel

The gas recapture system in Nampa is the first example of a larger Blu. initiative to make LNG the preferred alternative fuel source by implementing efficient fuelling solutions at all of the company’s stations by 2015. This includes plans to install gas recapture systems at other Idaho facilities, and eventually at all of its fuelling stations that have access to a nearby natural gas pipeline and cooperation from the local gas utility.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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