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Wyoming public-private coalition commissions LNG study


Transportation and energy consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) yesterday announced the release of the "Wyoming LNG Roadmap," an analysis of the feasibility, costs and benefits of using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a supplement to diesel fuel in Wyoming’s high-horsepower (HHP) sectors, including rail, trucking, mining and drilling.

The study was commissioned by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and a coalition of private-sector businesses, including Ambre Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, Caterpillar, Eagle LNG Partners, GE Oil & Gas, TallGrass Energy, Westport and Wyoming Machinery.

The study found that Wyoming is well-positioned to lead the nation in the development of a robust, sustainable LNG industry for HHP applications, according to a press released issued by the governor's office. LNG could be consumed by Wyoming’s own prolific fleets in the rail, mining and oil/gas sectors, or be exported to nearby states that have similar vehicles and equipment, the study determined.

GNA spent several months researching the current fuel usage and inventory of HHP diesel engines. The study will be used to help guide the state in its development of energy policies and educational programs, as well as identify ideal opportunities for investment in infrastructure and technology to help spur natural gas market development. Wyoming is the nation’s third-largest natural gas producer.

"This report shows there is potential for expansion of LNG use in Wyoming that can add value to our natural gas, be a sound business decision for Wyoming industries and lead to job growth," said Mead. "The private sector will ultimately make investments in LNG technologies based on market conditions, and this report can be a catalyst."

The Class Is are analyzing LNG, as well. To learn more about their exploration efforts, follow this link to read an article that appeared in Progressive Railroading's March issue.

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