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
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.
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