Liquefied natural gas plant could be built in Grand Valley by 2015, energy firm says
The Grand Valley by 2015 could be home to a company that produces liquefied natural gas and works to help energy companies meet stringent air-quality regulations, a participant in today’s Energy Forum & Expo said.
Energy & Environment Inc., based in Santa Ana, Calif., has been working with companies in California to meet air-quality requirements and is looking to expand its reach, said Amir Sardari, president and CEO.
Sardari is to discuss his plans at 1:15 p.m. today at the free forum and expo at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Energy & Environment Inc. also takes natural gas from small, nearby sources that might otherwise dispose of or flare off the fuel. It takes the raw material and produces liquefied natural gas, Sardari said.
The product is then sold to businesses near the clean- energy industrial parks the company plans to develop.
Such small-scale liquefied natural gas plans have attracted related businesses to the company’s existing facilities elsewhere, Sardari said.
A plant costing $15 million to $20 million could employ 15 to 20 people initially, Sardari said, noting that Energy & Environment is considering other locations in addition to the one in the Grand Valley.
Energy & Environment is working with Colorado Mesa University on the project.
The university and the Grand Junction Economic Partnership also are working on another LNG project, funding research on the economic potential of liquefied natural gas.
CMU awarded a $15,000 grant for the project.
The project, led by John Harpole, president of Mercator Energy LLC in Littleton, is to focus on the economic potential of the Piceance Basin if proposed export terminals are approved.
“Consumers of natural gas, both in the U.S. and abroad, should think of the Piceance Basin as a large, robust natural gas manufacturing area,” said Kelly Flenniken, executive director of the economic partnership.
The Energy Forum & Expo runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the downtown convention center. It is open to the public.