National Grid has filed an application (PDF) with the federal government to add facilities to its existing liquefied natural gas storage property in Providence.
Liquefied natural gas is used to heat many homes and businesses and provide hot water. It can be stored for use at a later time during periods of low demand. At National Grid’s storage facility in Providence, liquefied natural gas comes in and out on tanker trucks. Sometimes, it’s converted into vapor and redelivered out of the storage facility through a gas transmission system in Burrillville.
In its application, National Grid stated two of its storage customers, which are natural gas distribution companies, would like to deliver gas for storage in vapor form as an alternative to delivering liquefied natural gas by tanker trucks. The proposed project would allow that to happen. A spokesman for National Grid said the company will issue a public announcement next week with more details. The project will have a public comment period.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Council would need to review the project and issue permits if approved. Construction would not begin until late 2016, according to the application.
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