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Natural Gas & LNG

NORTH AMERICAN IMPORTS

Today, ENGIE imports LNG primarily from Trinidad. The country is in close proximity to North American markets, and has proven reserves in excess of 20 trillion cubic feet.

ENGIE’s LNG IMPORT TERMINAL—EVERETT, MASS.

The ENGIE’s LNG Import Terminal is the longest-operating facility of its kind in the United States. In December 2010, the Everett terminal was the first U.S. LNG facility to achieve the milestone of receiving 1,000 LNG cargoes. The facility has connections with two interstate pipeline systems, as well as a local gas utility’s distribution system. It serves nearly all of the gas utilities in New England and also key power producers, including a direct connection to a neighboring 1,550-megawatt power plant capable of generating enough electricity for about 1.5 million homes in Greater Boston. More than four decades ago, the management of the ENGIE subsidiary Distrigas of Massachusetts LLC saw the future in LNG, a fuel that many in the energy industry summarily dismissed at the time. Since receiving its first shipment to the LNG Import Terminal in Everett, Mass., in November 1971, the company has been a driving force in the adoption of this safe, clean-burning fuel in North America. In the 1970s, the company employed LNG to mitigate New England’s regional energy crisis. Today, we are building on our reputation for developing innovative, flexible solutions that meet a wide range of energy needs of a growing and diverse customer base.

The Everett LNG terminal has also been the primarly supplier of LNG to a network of 46 utility-owned, above-ground LNG storage tanks that meet New England’s natural gas storage needs. More than 360,000 truckloads of LNG have left the Everett Marine Terminal over its 40-year history, or about 10,000 per year, primarily to refill these storage tanks and prepare for the peak winter heating season. Because of the geological conditions in the region, underground natural gas storage is not feasible.

For decades, LNG has supplemented pipeline natural gas supplies in the United States to add flexibility and diversity to the domestic supply mix, meet peak demand needs, and alleviate supply bottlenecks. LNG has been an attractive option as a peaking fuel and also for generating electricity and meeting the energy needs of end users located beyond gas lines.

DISTRIGAS LNG IMPORT TERMINAL—EVERETT, MASS.

The Everett LNG Import terminal lies just north of Boston and opened in 1971, making it the longest, continuously operating facility of its kind in the United States. Distrigas is the No. 1 LNG facility operator in the country today, and maintains a proven history of innovation and an exemplary record of safety and reliable operation.

The company serves nearly every gas utility in New England and also key power producers, and is directly connected to a neighboring 1,550-megawatt power plant capable of generating enough electricity for about 1.5 million homes in Greater Boston.

LNG APPLICATIONS

LNG is an excellent alternative to diesel fuel and fuel oil for a number of applications. In addition to meeting the peak demand of gas utilities, LNG is optimally suited for the following applications:

  • Electric generation
  • Industrial and large commercial facilities where pipeline natural gas is constrained or not available
  • Vehicles, particularly the long-haul or heavy-haul truck market
  • Marine vessels including passenger ferries
  • High horsepower applications, such as generators related to oil and gas exploration and production
  • Railroad locomotives

For more information about how LNG has long been meeting the peak demand requirements of New England gas utilities, watch the video Everett LNG Terminal: Serving New England’s Peak Demand Needs Better Than Any New Pipeline Could.

LNG VEHICLE FUELING STATION

Since May 2012, the company has been operating an LNG vehicle fueling station in Massachusetts. It was the first of its kind in the state, and is located adjacent to the Distrigas LNG Import Terminal in Everett. Owners of semi-truck fleets choose LNG because it is economical and has emission advantages over diesel fuel.

Read about how an LNG-powered semi truck works.

SALES CONTACTS
Our LNG sales team has information about LNG applications, pricing, and availability.

Ed Cahill

Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Transportation

ENGIE Gas & LNG LLC

20 City Square, Suite 3

Charlestown, MA 02129

Phone: 617-886-8731

Edward.Cahill@na.engie.com


ENERGYZT REPORT:

“ANALYSIS OF ALTERNATIVE WINTER RELIABILITY SOLUTIONS FOR NEW ENGLAND ENERGY MARKETS”

A new in-depth report analyzing energy reliability in New England during extreme winter conditions has concluded that the proposed electric ratepayer funding of additional pipeline capacity is a costly and risky proposition in terms of both ratepayer expense and a healthy energy market in New England. Energyzt Advisors, LLC, a global collaboration of energy experts, conducted the study after the record-breaking winter of 2014-15, which actually saw a decrease in energy prices.

Read the full report.

AS SEEN ON PLATTS ENERGY WEEK:
“GDF SUEZ EYES NORTHEAST ENERGY MARKETS”

“Despite all the action surrounding U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, one of the nation’s oldest LNG import terminals has been chugging right along. Part of a huge global energy player, GDF SUEZ Gas NA is the continent’s largest LNG supplier, largely through the Everett terminal just outside of Boston. Sitting in energy-constrained New England, the company is looking to play a bigger role in solving the region’s winter heating problems. Platts Energy Week sat down with CEO Frank Katulak.”

Click on the video below to view.

NORTH AMERICAN EXPORTS

Given the new discoveries and recent technological advancements in extracting natural gas, the United States is the world’s leading producer of natural gas. This means the country has so much natural gas that it is able to export some excess supplies to other nations in need. Natural gas experts and economists report that LNG exports will strengthen the nation’s economy, create jobs, and enhance geopolitical relationships by supplying a much-needed energy resource to our trade partners.

CAMERON LNG EXPORT TERMINAL—HACKBERRY, LA.

ENGIE also has a stake in the development of the Cameron LNG Export Terminal in Hackberry, La. Cameron LNG has received approval from the Department of Energy to export up to about 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of domestic natural gas to current and future Free Trade Agreement countries. The facility is expected to begin operation in early 2018.

  • About LNG
  • Neptune Deepwater Port
LNG is the same natural gas that is used in homes and businesses—only in liquid form. Liquefying natural gas makes storage easier because LNG occupies about 1/600th the space of natural gas in its vapor form.

LNG PROPERTIES AND STORAGE

Natural gas liquefies when it is subjected to super-cold temperatures, -260o Fahrenheit. In its liquid state it is not explosive, and is at about atmospheric pressure when produced, stored and transported.

LNG is stored in above-ground tanks, which are similar to super-insulated thermos bottles. A tank’s inner wall of high-strength nickel steel is surrounded by insulation and an outer wall of carbon steel. It is surrounded by a moat large enough to hold the entire contents of the tank.

For additional information about the benefits and characteristics of LNG, visit www.lngfacts.org and www.giignl.org.

Located in federal waters approximately 10 miles off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, the Neptune LNG Deepwater Port was designed as a supplement to our LNG import facility in the city of Everett, just north of Boston. The port consists of a dual buoy system for specially designed shuttle and regasification vessels to moor, convert the liquefied natural gas into vapor, and discharge the fuel into a subsea pipeline.

Boating Safety Information & Map

A safety message for boaters, along with a map of the Neptune buoys and the ocean-floor pipeline, is available here.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns relating to the Neptune LNG Deepwater Port, please click here to send an e-mail.

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