Applied LNG announced Nov. 24 it began construction on a liquefied natural gas plant in Midlothian, Texas. The Midlothian plant will have up to five liquefiers, according to a company press release. Applied LNG expects production capacity to reach 86,000 gallons of LNG per day for each liquefier and on-site storage to hold 1.5 million gallons of LNG.
The facility will produce LNG mainly for the transportation industry, including for high-horsepower vehicles, trucks and rail. The product will also be useful for the marine, remote power and mining industries, which have shown interest in converting from diesel fuel to LNG.
Demand for LNG
According to the Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter, the new plant will enable more Texas companies to move toward using LNG for their transportation fuel instead of diesel or gasoline, Waxahachie Daily Light reported.
"Texans want to use natural gas, but may not know the easiest way to convert to natural gas or where to get it," said Porter. "Hopefully, this plant will solve the supply problem."
New resource to the area
This is the first LNG plant in northwest Texas, and Applied LNG has two other liquefiers in Topock, Arizona, according to Waxahachie Daily Light.
"Midlothian is a perfect location to build our first production platform in Texas," said Cem Hacioglu, president and CEO of Applied LNG, in the release. "In addition to having all the required amenities to construct a state-of-the art facility, Midlothian's strategic location will allow us to tap into a wide range of customers in fast growing verticals, and the company has already been taking orders in this desirable market."