Meeting/Event Information


April 23, 2015

LNG Market Growth and PGW Richmond Tour
April 23, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Philadelphia Gas Works - Richmond Plant
3100 E. Venango St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134
LNG Market Growth and PGW Richmond Tour

Join the GPAEE in a lively discussion about LNG market growth opportunities here in Philadelphia and tour of the PGW Richmond plant.

LNG is natural gas that has been converted to its liquid state by cooling to -260° F, taking up about 1/600th the volume of natural gas, which allows for greater volumes of the fuel to be stored and transported. A domestic energy source that offers substantial economic savings and environmental benefit, LNG’s use and availability in the market is poised for growth. An array of industries including trucking, natural gas extraction, marine and rail operations are exploring LNG’s potential as a clean, domestic alternative to diesel fuel.

Philadelphia sits strategically at the crossroads of major rail, port and interstate highway transportation systems, making it a prime market for increased LNG throughput. Philadelphia Gas Works – the largest municipally-owned gas utility in the nation – has more than 40 years of experience working with LNG. PGW operates two LNG facilities, which deal in whole or in part, with the liquefaction, storage and vaporization of natural gas. Normally reserved to meet current customer’s on-system needs, increasing levels of stored LNG have become available for off-system sales in recent years. Having proven the market, PGW is now looking to expand its production capabilities.

Attendees should plan to meet at the Richmond plant at 11:00am. A shuttle bus will take attendees from the entrance to the training facility for presentations. Tours will commence after the presentations. PGW will provide flame retardant coveralls, hard hats and safety glasses. All attendees will need to be registered three days in advance of the meeting, present a valid driver’s license at the gate and wear boots.

John Zuk will discuss market development, benefits and opportunities and Ray Snyder will share updates about the operations of the facility today and plans for expansion.  Don Henry and Curt Malkemes will guide attendees in the tour of the plant.

About Our Speakers:

John C. Zuk - Vice President, Marketing with PGW

John C. Zuk is currently the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Philadelphia Gas Works. In this position, John is responsible for the direction of all the marketing sales efforts and new business development, while continuing to strengthen business relations and increase customer service initiatives.

During his 27 years of service at PGW, John has developed and strengthened his knowledge in natural gas by performing various roles within the field services department and throughout other areas of the company. A few of his greatest accomplishments include: developing Interruptible customers utilization of third party gas supplier participation, which in turn reduced PGW’s financial outlay and reduced costs for customers; increasing contract compliance; and developing and acquiring approval for critical tariff changes. Furthermore, John has played an integral part in the development and expansion of LNG partnerships and sales for PGW, and will continue to play a key role in its ongoing progression.

Previously, John served as the Director of Labor Relations, Development and Quality for Operations and Customer Affairs where he was responsible for labor relations, operations qualification training and development. At this time he developed a working relationship with union officials while providing streamlined clerical reporting and restructured department schedules improving employee working conditions.

John received his Bachelor of Arts and his Masters in Business Administration from LaSalle University. He also holds his Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Demand-Side Manager (CDSM) and Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP) certifications from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Public Gas Association Research Foundation and served on the Board for the Greater Philadelphia Association of Energy Engineers from 2003 to 2007. John currently resides on the Scholarship Committee within Archbishop Wood High School providing Scholarships for deserving students.

Raymond M. Snyder – Vice President of Gas Management with PGW

Mr. Snyder began career at PGW almost 35 years ago in the Engineering Department working primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG), synthetic natural gas (SNG), propane air (LPG), and natural gas projects. He continued working in Engineering until reaching the level of Manager. Mr. Snyder moved into Operations as the Director of Systems Administration and then as Director of Gas Processing which included PGW’s natural gas and LNG operations as well as the gate stations where PGW takes custody of interstate pipeline receipts. His current position as Vice-President of Gas Management includes responsibility for Gas Processing, Engineering, Gas Acquisition, Transportation & Gas Control, as well as PGW owned and leased properties.

Mr. Snyder received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Science in Engineering Management from Drexel University. He is a licensed PE in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Snyder serves as a member and former Vice- Chair of the AGA Supplemental Gas Committee.

About Our Sponsor:

UGI Energy Services, LLC

UGI Energy Services, LLC is the marketing, midstream and power generation subsidiary of UGI Corporation. In 1985, UGI Corporation established the tradename, GASMARK, as one of the first marketers to sell natural gas to business users in the deregulated marketplace. In 1995, UGI Energy Services was formed as a separate company to pursue the opportunities created by federal and state deregulation of electricity and natural gas commodity supply markets, direct access and customer choice. UGI Energy Services is now an integrated energy marketing and asset-based company operating throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. UGI Energy Services markets natural gas, electricity and liquid fuels to approximately 43,000 commercial, industrial, institutional, government, and residential customers in nine states as well as the District of Columbia. Additionally, UGI Energy Services buys and sells energy commodities at the wholesale level and owns and operates a variety of electric generation assets in Pennsylvania as well as a variety of midstream natural gas assets including LNG and gathering systems that support the storage, transportation and delivery of natural gas.

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