CGI has commissioned this work as part of their research to live field test the modeled results of an earlier research study. Both the earlier study and this research is funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE), and industry participants, including BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil, EnCana, Dominion and AGL Resources. CGI developed the concept, and holds key patents associated with the process, including the BPE. In discussing CGI's technology, US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham noted the Bishop Process has the potential "to expand LNG imports and augment the nation's energy supply."
Dave Miller, Northstar's Project Manager for the project, notes, "Northstar's expertise in the design and manufacture of complete natural gas and LNG delivery systems, enabled us to submit a proposal that meets the primary objective of the RFP to confirm the heat transfer capabilities and LNG vaporization performance of the BPE, and also includes building the prototype utilizing methods, components, and designs, which will allow CGI to optimize the manufacturing process for commercial production of the BPE." Tom Quine, President of Northstar, further notes, "The beauty of the Bishop Process™ is its simplicity. It is based on existing natural gas and LNG technologies, but it combines them in a manner, which enhances the capabilities of each individual process to provide a more secure and efficient method to receive LNG imports. Northstar is proud to be able to play a role in the development of the BPE, utilizing our Total Solutions Approach to provide a turnkey solution for this phase of the research. There clearly is a need for increased LNG imports to supplement the growing 23 TCF/Yr US gas market."
The prototype BPE will be installed and tested at AGL Resources Cherokee LNG Facility, north of Atlanta, Georgia. Testing is expected to be completed at the end of the current 2003-2004 heating season, with the first commercial installation to be completed in 2005.
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