CHANGING FROM FUEL OIL IS SIMPLE
Now you can fuel your asphalt plants with natural gas – whether you have access to a pipeline or not. Kinetrex converts traditional natural gas to liquid, which makes it easy to transport and store. Because natural gas is abundant, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Kinetrex is a reliable alternative to fuel oil, waste oil, propane and diesel. And because natural gas production is not subject to price swings, LNG is not only affordable but can help your company control and stabilize your energy costs.
Burner flame from fuel oil
Burner flame from natural gas
The pictures to the left show burner flames of both fuel oil and natural gas. Natural gas has a more consistent flame and needs less oxygen to burn than fuel oil. Hence, natural gas is significantly more efficient than fuel oil or diesel. Greater efficiency equals lower energy costs by reducing fuel use and electricity needs.
Operation and maintenance costs
LNG is a much cleaner fuel than fuel oil thus reducing operational and maintenance costs. Using natural gas can lead to operational savings as much as $1.00 an asphalt ton or = $0.30 per gallon (#4 fuel oil gallon equivalent). Fuel oil with water content and other contaminants can cause soot buildup lowering the efficiency of your burner and increasing fuel consumption.
LNG is not subject to wild price swing which helps budgeting. Kinetrex also offers customers the option to hedge, for years if desired, which provides predictable and consistent long-term costs. This allows customers to capitalize on the already stable commodity of natural gas.
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Kinetrex Energy provides mobile and permanent regasification system and storage options. LNG can be delivered directly to your site via our Kinetrex Energy Transportation fleet or our carrier partners. LNG fueling systems can feed into most existing lines, and we’ll manage the installation and construction.
Mobile (Temporary) Systems
Mobile LNG tanks and vaporizers require minimal site preparation. This “virtual pipeline” is ideal for seasonal operations. Equipment can be provided to the customer at no cost thus eliminating capital expense.
Kinetrex also offers temporary natural gas service that serve as a “bridge” for operations. When natural gas supply is constrained or not yet available from the utility, the Kinetrex mobile “virtual pipeline” is the solution. Kinetrex delivers LNG to the customer’s site, which is held in temporary on-site storage and vaporized with mobile regasification systems.
Kinetrex field services manages the installation of permanent LNG storage and vaporization systems. The experienced field services team help make it simple to switch from propane, diesel or waist oil fuel when converting boilers, dryers, heaters, power generators to run on LNG.
Kinetrex has helped our customers convert their asphalt operations to run on LNG allowing for significant fuel savings.
Based in Indianapolis, Kinetrex is the largest provider of LNG to the Midwest and is connected to 4 national natural gas pipelines. The company operates two manufacturing plants which provide 24 million LNG gallons of storage capacity; a plentiful supply that eliminates fuel shortage concerns. Kinetrex has 4 truck loading stations operating 24/7 that can load up to 96 trucks each day and 4 trucks simultaneously.
Remote monitoring allows access to tank levels, dispatching deliveries as needed. Kinetrex’ mobile app delivers LNG systems and delivery data to the customer anywhere, anytime.
LNG is a much cleaner fuel than fuel oil thus reducing operational and maintenance costs on equipment. LNG is purified natural gas and consists primarily of methane and produces much lower carbon emissions when compared to other fossil fuels – approx. 56% less CO2 emissions than fuel oil. LNG allows for emissions compliance, safety, and drastically reduces operating expenses due to the clean, even burn of natural gas.
Kinetrex’ Sustainability Report demonstrates the company’s commitment to helping employees, customers, and the community be more sustainable through an integrated approach to environmental and social responsibility.
Even with filtration, waste oil can ultimately lead to severe equipment damage and can be a danger to plant personnel. Baghouses can be damaged by an internal fire caused by improperly heated fuel oil. Some of the unburned fuel can be carried over to the baghouse where it accumulates and then ignited.
LNG is colorless, odorless, non-toxic, and non-corrosive. It has the best safety record compared to propane, fuel oil and diesel. LNG is stored at low pressure and as a liquid will not explode. If spilled, it will evaporate and have no residual impact on the environment.