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Shell to build two new LNG plants in North America

In an effort to bring liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel one step closer for its marine and heavy-duty on-road customers, Shell plans to develop two additional liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation corridors in North America, the company announced Tuesday.

Two new small-scale liquefaction units will form the basis of the new LNG transportation corridors in the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions.

In the Gulf Coast Corridor, Shell said it plans to install a small-scale liquefaction unit (0.25 million tons per annum) at its Shell Geismar Chemicals facility in Geismar, La. Once operational, this unit will supply LNG along the Mississippi River, the Intra-Coastal Waterway and to the offshore Gulf of Mexico and the onshore oil and gas exploration areas of Texas and Louisiana.

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In the Great Lakes Corridor, Shell will install another small-scale liquefaction unit at its Shell Sarnia Manufacturing Centre in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Once operational, this project will supply LNG fuel to all five Great Lakes, their bordering U.S. states and Canadian provinces and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

“Natural gas is an abundant and cleaner-burning energy source in North America, and Shell is leveraging its LNG expertise and integrated strength to make LNG a viable fuel option for the commercial market,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company. “We are investing now in the infrastructure that will allow us to bring this innovative and cost-competitive fuel to our customers.”

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