Applied Natural Gas Fuels, Inc. announcing plans to build up to five Liquefiers near the Dallas, Texas area.
Shaunt Hartounian, vice president of business development and strategic relations at Applied Natural Gas Fuels, believes the company will build up to five LNG production trains in Texas, each with a capacity of 86,000 gallons per day with total on-site storage to eventually reach 1.5 million LNG gallons. The new facility will service customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The first plant is expected to be operational in mid-2015.
ANGF, a mid-stream LNG production company, serves customers that typically convert from diesel to natural gas for use in transportation and other industrial applications. Such applications include stationary power generation, drilling, mobile asphalt plants, mining, marine and more.
“We have a production plant adjacent to a very large gas pipeline,” Hartounian says. “We take that natural gas and cool it down to very low temperatures until it becomes liquid. We then transport it to our customers using cryogenic trailers.”
ANGF’s customers include Waste Management, Ryder, UPS and Occidental Petroleum. Its existing plant in Topock, Arizona produces about 86,000 gallons of LNG per day. This site’s capacity will double to 172,000 gallons per day with a new production train scheduled to come online in July 2014.
With its innovative nature, the company knows it’s important to stay up-to-date with trends and one of the way in which it does this is through summits. ANGF participated in the High Horse Power (HHP) Summit that took place in Chicago this year. The summit, organized by the consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), is in its second year after its successful inaugural meeting in Houston.
“It was bigger and better than last year with momentum for the use of LNG clearly increasing in high horsepower markets,” Hartounian says. “Having major companies such as Shell, GE and GDF Suez attend and showcase their technologies is a testament to the growth potential of the LNG industry.”
Hartounian sees a trend with more and more success stories coming from the end-users of LNG and heavy duty applications, such as marine, rail, mining and E&P.
“It’s very encouraging when you hear users talk about savings of 30 percent to 50 percent in fuel costs in addition to significant reductions in emissions” he says. “It’s exciting to see not just us in the industry but also the Original Equipment Manufacturers talking about LNG to end users.”
Executives are also speaking to each other and discussing solutions beyond diesel.
“LNG is a logical option,” Hartounian says. “Not to say it’s going to convert every customer’s entire operation, but they will convert where it makes sense and they can start diversifying their portfolio. I haven’t seen this kind of growth in my many years in the industry.”
In addition to producing and marketing LNG, ANGF provides infrastructure and advisory services in LNG storage, fuel and delivering systems.
“Applied is also able to provide turnkey solutions that include leasing and temporary or permanent station installations, and technical and safety training,” Hartounian says. “While we can provide these value added services when needed, the real focus of the company is midstream LNG production.”
ANGF plans to build additional LNG production plants to provide fuel for the end-user.
“Our goal is to provide not only good product and affordable pricing, but also excellent customer service while doing whatever we can to help our customers,” Hartounian says. “We’ll continue in other parts of the country where the demand for LNG is clearly growing.”
Written by Michelle Gibbons ©Transportation & Infrastructure, Winter 2014