Shell building natural gas liquefaction plants to serve LNG to Great Lakes, Mississippi River

AMSTERDAM – Royal Dutch Shell PLC is continuing its push into liquefied natural gas with plans to build two plants that will serve LNG to ships and trucks around the Great Lakes and along the Mississippi River.

The Anglo-Dutch company did not specify how much the plants in Geismar, Louisiana, and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, will cost to build, but described them as small-scale, producing a quarter of a ton of LNG per year each.

When natural gas is cooled to temperatures far below zero it turns to LNG, a liquid form that makes it possible to transport without pipelines, and can be used as a fuel in specialized combustion engines.

Shell, Europe’s largest oil company, now produces more gas than oil, and has been investing heavily in LNG assets around the world.