WARNING— LNG Tanker Trucks Gaining Usage, With Risks of Fires & Explosions

by S. Tom Bond on June 16, 2020

LNG tanks positioned for loading

Edge LNG continues capture, liquefaction in Marcellus Shale

From an Article by Kallanish Energy News, June 12, 2020

Edge LNG has expanded its remit to capture and liquefy gas from stranded wells in the Marcellus Shale through a new agreement with EXCO Resources.

The Malvern, Pennsylvania-based company has confirmed that operations in the area have already begun and are expected to continue through to 2022. Edge LNG was previously selected by a large, unnamed producer to capture and liquefy natural gas in the same region in February this year.

Portable compressor unit as a truck trailer

Under the terms of the agreement, Edge LNG will deploy mobile, truck-delivered liquefaction equipment to the site, which includes three Cryobox liquefaction units. The company stated that there is also the potential for further expansion at the site through the “rapid deployment of additional units.”

Edge LNG will produce and then purchase LNG from EXCO Resources, which will then be sold and delivered to its clients in the US northeast throughout its truck-based pipeline system. The company added that it predicts the project will create a LNG surplus which will further increase its customer base.

“We are proud to be expanding our footprint in the Marcellus, which we’ve identified as an important region given its large number of stranded wells,” said Mark Casaday, CEO of Edge LNG, in a statement confirming the deal.

“This deal is yet another example of how Edge LNG is delivering value to operators, by monetizing wells that would otherwise remain dormant, and helping to grow the domestic LNG market in the US. In a challenging operating environment, we can help operators by maximizing the value of their assets and providing new sources of revenue,” he added.


LPG Tanker Truck Explodes in East China Killing 19, Injures 172, Evacuations 634

From an Article of the Global Times, East China, June 15, 2020

LPG is liquid propane and/or butane under pressure

Rescue staff work on the rubble from the explosion of a liquefied petroleum gas tanker truck on the highway in East China’s Zhejiang Province on Saturday. The accident caused 19 deaths and 172 injuries as of Sunday.

China’s State Council, the cabinet, announced on Sunday it would supervise the investigation into the explosion of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker truck on the highway in East China’s Zhejiang Province, which left 19 people dead and injured 172.

The fatal explosion occurred at about 4:40 pm on a highway near Liangshan village of Daxi county, Wenling on Saturday. The truck, headed from Ningbo to Wenzhou, exploded and hit a nearby factory, which caused a secondary explosion. The incident damaged houses along the highway, according to a release from the local transportation management bureau on Saturday.

The incident drew wide public attention, not just because of the tragic explosion scenes, but also because of concern over the transportation safety of dangerous goods.

“We heard an enormous sound and felt a strong vibration, so we all ran out of the house. There I saw thick smoke to the north, just like a mushroom cloud, and then came another two blasts,” Li Feige, a restaurant owner in Liangshan village, told the Global Times on Sunday.

As of press time, 19 people had died and 172 people had been injured – 24 of them were in severe condition, according to a release the publicity department of Wenling sent to the Global Times.

Further, 634 residents were affected by the incident and relocated to 13 sites where medical teams and psychological professionals could offer them help, according to the publicity department of Wenling.

The Work Safety Committee of the State Council said on Sunday that it would supervise the investigation into the incident. It urged further strengthening of safety supervision and intensifying law enforcement for the transportation of chemical goods and other vehicles with high safety risks, such as heavy duty trucks and passenger buses.

Chinanews.com reported on Sunday that according to public online data, the company that owns the truck had been involved in lawsuits for traffic accidents. It also received 10 administrative punishments in the past two and one-half years for various reasons, including recruiting unqualified employees and failing to implement safety management.

During the explosion, the truck was broken apart with its front extremely damaged. The driver and another person in the truck are still missing.


See also: Oxygen tank explodes in Toronto, Gas World, Molly Burgess, June 4, 2020

Police are currently investigating an oxygen tank rupture at College Street and Elizabeth Street in Toronto, CP24 reports.

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Kala Kachmar June 16, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Federal agency investigates second Eastern Kentucky pipeline explosion within a year

Sarah Ladd and Kala Kachmar, Louisville Courier Journal, May 5, 2020

One person was killed and several others were injured in a gas pipeline rupture overnight in Lincoln County. Take a look at the scene from overhead. Louisville Courier Journal

A natural gas pipeline exploded on a hillside near a highway in Eastern Kentucky Monday afternoon, the second on the same network of pipes in less than a year.

No one was injured in the 5 p.m. explosion along Highway 1013 in Fleming County, about 3 miles east of Hillsboro.

Another pipe explosion in Lincoln County last August left one woman dead and six hospitalized for burns.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration is investigating the blast, the agency said.

A spokesman for Enbridge, the Canadian-based energy conglomerate that owns the Texas Eastern Transmission Co. pipeline, said in a statement that company crews are on-site and have “secured the area.”

The 30-inch pipe that exploded, Line 10, feeds into the Texas Eastern — a network of 9,100 miles of piping that stretches from Texas to New York and moves 20% of America’s natural gas.

About 690 of those piping miles run through the state of Kentucky, from Lewis County on the Ohio border to Monroe County on the Tennessee border.

Related: Natural gas pipeline had history of fatal blasts before Kentucky explosion

Enbridge spokesman Michael Barnes said in a statement that the company has notified nearby customers but didn’t say whether local gas service was interrupted. The pipe has been shut down and remains isolated.

Adjacent Lines 15 and 25, which are also part of the Texas Eastern, have been shut down, according to the pipeline safety administration.

WTVQ reported the explosion and ensuing “huge fire” Monday afternoon and included footage from a local pilot who was flying a small plane when he saw the explosion from the air.

Not the first pipeline explosion

The 30-foot section of pipe that was ejected from the ground near Danville in Lincoln County on Aug. 1, 2019, set ablaze 30 acres of land and damaged several homes and businesses.

About 66 million cubic feet of gas was released — enough to power a typical home for 1,000 years.

The fatal blast occurred on Line 15, about 90 miles southwest of Monday’s explosion. Lines 10 and 25 were shut down following the accident in Danville to make sure they weren’t damaged from the impact but were allowed to reopen about a month later.

The 2019 explosion is still under investigation by both the pipeline safety administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

It was the third failure on Line 15 — the first in 1986 severely injured three people about 10 miles from the site of last year’s accident, and a second in 2003 in Morehead, Kentucky, that didn’t cause injuries but cost $3.3 million.

Nine people have died in explosions on the Texas Eastern since 1985. Six of them were in Kentucky.

Previously: Pipeline that exploded has had more than 2 dozen ‘significant incidents’


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