At its meeting this week, the Bradford County Planning Commission approved the construction of REV LNG Inc.’s planned facility in Herrick Township, which will cool locally produced natural gas to its liquid state, so that it can be used as a fuel in the long-range trucking industry.
The facility, which will produce up to 50,000 gallons per day of liquefied natural gas (LNG), will be constructed on a 250-foot by 250-foot gravel pad off Dolan Road, according to Bradford County Planning Director Ray Stolinas and David Kailbourne, REV LNG’s chief executive officer.
The facility, which will be surrounded by an 8-foot-high chain link fence, will cool the natural gas to 260 degrees below zero, so that it condenses to its liquid form, Stolinas said.
Inside the fence will also be two 132-foot-long, 12-foot-wide storage tanks for the LNG that is produced on site, according to Stolinas and Kailbourne.
Outside the fenced-in area, there will be dispensing equipment to load LNG onto tanker trucks owned by REV LNG.
REV LNG is an LNG distribution company, and its tanker trucks will transport LNG from the Herrick Township site to other locations in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in order to supply 18-wheel truck fleets owned by other companies. The tanker trucks will also supply drilling rigs in the Marcellus Shale that use LNG as a fuel.
Each day, up to five tanker trucks will transport LNG from the Herrick Township facility.
The planning commission’s approval is contingent on REV LNG meeting certain conditions within 90 days, Stolinas said.
Those conditions include obtaining a NPDES storm water management permit for the site and a driveway permit from the township, and the satisfaction of comments made by the county’s engineer, Stolinas said.
In addition, the company must secure a subdivision permit from the Bradford County Office of Community Planning and Mapping Services, which is expected to be granted, he said.
The Herrick Township facility will be smaller than most other plants in the United States that produce LNG, according to Kailbourne.
The REV LNG facility in Herrick Township will be a mobile facility that could be moved at some point to another location, Kailbourne said. However, REV LNG does not plan on moving the facility for at least the next five years, he said.
Many of REV LNG’s own trucks operate on LNG.
“We have the third largest LNG fleet on the Eastern Seaboard,” Kailbourne has said. REV LNG has logged “over 7 million safe driving miles” using its LNG-fueled trucks, he said.
Over the last 40 years, there has never been a loss of life in the LNG production industry, he said, adding, “No other industry (that produces fuel) can say that.”