Pilot Program to Convert Marcellus Drilling Rigs to Liquefied Natural GasOn July 5, 2012, EQT announced the conversion of a drilling rig to liquefied natural gas (LNG), displacing the diesel used to power equipment at the well site. EQT is the first operator in the Marcellus Shale to convert a diesel rig to LNG, which will provide a cleaner burning alternative fuel for the region’s drilling operations. The rig is now operating in northern West Virginia and pending evaluation of the pilot program, the Company anticipates converting additional rigs in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The LNG being used for EQT’s pilot program is produced locally from Marcellus natural gas reserves and is about 40% less expensive than diesel. Compared to diesel, natural gas emits between 20% and 30% less carbon dioxide and has a fraction of the emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulates.
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