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New DOE Gas Center Opens Doors

New DOE Gas Center Opens Doors

The Department of Energy (DOE) has opened a new Strategic Center for Natural Gas that will oversee a full range of the agency's gas-related activities.

The center was created as part of a larger reoorganization of DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), which is the federal government's primary fossil fuel research facility located in Morgantown, WV, and Pittsburgh, PA.

Specifically, the Strategic Center for Natural Gas will oversee federal research efforts in gas exploration, production and storage, infrastructure reliability, and advanced gas-use technologies such as performance turbines, engines and fuel cells. It also will be in charge of natural gas-related analyses to help set the direction for future federal gas initiatives.

Dr. Joseph Strakey, a 29-year veteran, has been named as the first director of the new gas center, which will have four product managers in charge of various areas of gas research. All told, the center will have access to approximately 50 staff members currently working on gas projects in other sections of the NETL, in addition to 13 federal employees that will be directly assigned to the center. As part of its startup, the center has established a new web site at www.netl.doe.gov/scng.

Susan Parker

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