The downturn in steel has led to more layoffs and a major liquid natural gas project was announced last week.
U.S. Steel Layoffs
U.S. Steel has laid off another 285 workers at its Gary Works mill in the latest wave of layoffs spurred by weak demand for its steel.
Company spokeswoman Courtney Boone cited “challenging market conditions that are impacting the company” for the latest layoffs at the northwestern Indiana plant.
UGI Plans Pennsylvania LNG Processing Plant
UGI Energy Services LLC plans to build a liquefied natural gas production facility in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The facility will be adjacent to UGI’s Manning compressor station in Washington Township, Wyoming County, Pa., the gas supplier announced Thursday. State and local officials have not yet approved the project.
The facility will draw Marcellus Shale gas from UGI’s Auburn gathering system, then chill it to produce up to 120,000 gallons per day in liquid form.
The plant could supply a variety of industries, spokesman Matt Dutzman told the Times-Tribune.
These include oil and gas drilling rigs, truck fleets and remote industrial users not well connected to pipeline grids. The new $60 million facility would support 50 to 75 construction jobs and at least six permanent jobs during operations.