Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has joined forces with natural gas firm CNX Resources to cut down emissions in the transportation industry and related sectors.
As part of the ongoing partnership, natural gas will be used at the airport and transformed into alternative fuel through CNX technology.
Under the agreement, the Utica shale on the airport property will be developed by CNX. The Utica shale produces a dry gas that can be easily transformed into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) alternative fuels, as well as hydrogen.
PIT CEO Christina Cassotis said: “We feel that natural gas and derivative products provide a path for the transportation industry, both to reduce carbon emissions in the short-term while working toward a goal of net-zero in the long-term as hydrogen and other potential solutions mature.”
The agreement follows the announcement from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf regarding the establishment of a hydrogen hub and large-scale carbon storage system in Pennsylvania, US.
CNX has developed a technology for the on-site conversion of dry natural gas into LNG, CNG and electricity for several uses, including as a hydrogen feedstock.
These technologies are expected to cut down local emissions as well as reduce operating costs at the airport.
CNX stated: “The strategy also envisions a sustainable fuel hub at PIT utilising locally sourced, lower-cost, lower-carbon intensity LNG and CNG fueling depots for airlines, transit, cargo, fleet, military and other energy-intensive business purposes.”
Furthermore, PIT will work with CNX for the identification of local and end-use opportunities that will benefit from using natural gas derivative products for the reduction of emissions.