"Natural gas is an abundant and cleaner-burning energy source in North America,and Shell is leveraging its LNG expertise and integrated strength to make LNG a viable fuel option for the commercial market," Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said in a statement. "We are investing now in the infrastructure that will allow us to bring this innovative and cost-competitive fuel to our customers."
Shell said it made a financial investment decision to back two small-scale projects that would form an LNG transport backbone in the Great Lakes and southern coastal regions in the United States.
For the southern coast, Shell said it wants to install a small unit that will process about 250,000 tons of LNG per year. A similar project is planned for the Great Leaks region in order to deliver LNG to littoral U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
"Pending final regulatory permitting, these two new liquefaction units are expected to begin operations and production in about three years," the company said.