Chesapeake Utilities has reported a significant increase in demand for natural gas in the Delmarva Peninsula. To meet this growing demand, one of its subsidiaries, Eastern Shore Natural Gas, plans to invest $80 million in a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility in Bishopville, Md.
Meeting the Demand
According to Chesapeake Utilities Chairman and Chief Executive, Jeff Householder, "Demand for natural gas continues to rise in our Delmarva service territories, with customer additions surpassing the national average."
The Project Details
The proposed peaking storage facility will be constructed on a 135-acre parcel adjacent to an existing industrial facility in Worcester County. It will consist of five low-profile 100,000-gallon horizontal storage tanks.
This project, known as the Worcester Resiliency Upgrade, aims to improve the natural gas supply system on the lower eastern shore of Maryland and in southern Delaware. It will provide an alternative supply source and enhance the system's flexibility during critical peak months, thereby reducing the risk of supply interruption and improving reliability.
Pending regulatory approvals, the project is expected to be fully operational before the winter heating season of 2025.