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Frequently Asked Questions

LNG stands for liquefied natural gas. When natural gas is cooled to −162 °C (−259 °F), it becomes a colorless, odorless liquid fuel. Changing the fuel from a gas to a liquid reduces it to about 1/600th of its original volume. This massive reduction makes it possible to store larger amounts of natural gas safely. Compared to other fossil fuels, LNG produces 30% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less than coal.

We’re required to provide our natural gas customers with safe, reliable service. The LNG plant provides a reliable supply of gas during winter’s coldest days and serves as a reliable backup fuel source when we experience unplanned demands on the natural gas supply system. The project entails the in-kind replacement of existing gas-fired turbine with a new, more efficient gas-fired turbine that will substantially reduce the facility’s air emissions.

We need to replace the existing turbine because the original equipment manufacturer no longer manufactures turbines and cannot provide replacement parts. As a result, we have had difficulty sourcing replacement parts needed to maintain the turbine.

The installation of the new equipment will take between 18 and 24 months. Construction is expected to begin in 2024 and will last until 2025.
The new turbine will be installed at a closed campus facility that is far away from public view. We do not expect the installation to be seen or heard by any surrounding communities. No impact on bike lanes, bus routes, parking or traffic is anticipated either during construction or operation of the project.
No. Your electric and gas service will not be affected. You’ll still have the same, reliable service throughout the project’s duration and after.
No. The LNG will continue to be stored safely in a steel inner and outer tank surrounded by a 10-foot concrete berm. The facility and tank will continue to be protected by sophisticated fire detection, suppression, and mitigation systems.
Yes. Compared to the existing turbine, the new, energy-efficient model will result in significant reductions in air emissions, including greenhouse gas emissions.