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UGI commissions Bethlehem LNG facility in Pennsylvania

UGI Energy Services, a unit of UGI Corporation, commissioned its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The new Bethlehem storage and vaporization LNG facility joins the company’s expanding network of LNG and peak shaving assets, UGI said in its statement.

John L. Walsh, president and CEO of UGI Corporation, said, “We see rising demand for peaking services as local distribution companies and end-users respond to regional supply constraints resulting from pipeline construction delays. This new $60 million facility will help meet that demand and keep natural gas costs affordable for families and businesses.”

The new Bethlehem facility adds two million gallons of LNG storage to UGI’s LNG network and provides peak shaving services during extremely cold periods.

The LNG facility will be used to deliver a supply of gas during peak demand periods to the UGI Utilities’ distribution system in the Lehigh Valley.

The Bethlehem LNG facility has the capacity to deliver 70,000 dekatherms of vaporized LNG per day. In addition to peak shaving, the facility also is able to load LNG into or unload LNG from, tanker trucks.