The International Paper mill in Ticonderoga has signed a deal with NG Advantage LLC to deliver compressed natural gas, according to a statement issued Wednesday.
NG Advantage will deliver compressed natural gas using a “Virtual Pipeline” that consists of compressor stations located on natural gas pipelines, a fleet of specially designed carbon fiber CNG trailers, and off-loading and monitoring equipment which NG Advantage is installing at the mill. Deliveries will begin in May of 2015.
International Paper initially awarded this contract to NG Advantage in order to begin using natural gas prior to the completion of a planned natural gas pipeline that was going to pass under Lake Champlain from Vermont. That project was later dropped by International Paper for cost reasons.
The mill is currently International Paper’s largest U.S. plant without access to natural gas. NG tractors and drivers will be based in Ticonderoga, NY – where the mill is – and gas can be provided from any of several compressor stations used by NG Advantage.
Clean-burning North American natural gas is expected to displace at least 32,000 gallons of fuel oil a day during this contract, according to the press release. The gas will be used to run the mill’s kiln and power boiler.
NG Advantage’s CEO Tom Evslin said “Because International Paper is staunchly committed to their environmental goals, they have done years of design work to extend a pipeline under Lake Champlain to replace fuel oil with natural gas. They will now be able to convert to burning natural gas even though the pipeline extension proved uneconomical. We are proud to use our equipment, technology, and experience to deliver the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas using our “Private Virtual Pipeline” to the Ticonderoga mill and to contribute to the economy of that region.”
NG Advantage was the first company to deliver compressed natural gas to industrial customers in the United States and is the U.S. industry leader in volumes delivered. It currently trucks com pressed natural gas to 22 large industrial and institutional customer sites in New England and New York State.