A company that provides an uninterruptable compressed and liquid natural gas supply to remote users in order to avoid a costly, sometimes impossible, installation of pipeline, Xpress Natural Gas will invest $7.8 million to establish a natural gas supply operation in the Appomattox Center for Business and Commerce in Appomattox County, Virginia. The project is expected to create 50 new jobs.
“Many businesses across the Commonwealth of Virginia simply cannot get pipeline service,” said Seth Berry, Chief Administrative Officer of XNG. “With our newest terminal in Appomattox, we are strategically positioned to deliver economical and environmentally cleaner natural gas service to industrial, commercial and institutional customers, not only in Virginia, but across the Mid-Atlantic.”
“ These businesses would otherwise be forced to rely on more expensive traditional fossil fuels like oil, propane or coal. The incredible reception and support that we have gotten from the County and Governor’s office in Virginia, and the enthusiastic interest from customers in Virginia and neighboring states, made this the best location for XNG to continue building our virtual pipeline from the border of Maine all the way down the East Coast to Florida,” he added.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Appomattox County to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $100,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Appomattox with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $100,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. The company is eligible to receive funding from the Economic Development Access Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Additional funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “This tremendous project is a win-win, providing 50 valuable jobs in a community that needs them and offering an affordable natural gas supply that can help attract other companies to the Commonwealth. Access to cost-effective energy sources is essential to Virginia’s future growth and economic prosperity. We welcome XNG to Virginia’s corporate roster and look forward to the economic benefits that will stem from today’s significant announcement. Projects like these help us in our efforts to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.”
“XNG’s new operation in Appomattox County will provide an invaluable energy resource that can be accessed remotely and will be a strong asset for economic development in rural Virginia,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “The company’s choice of Virginia as its first operation in the Southeast U.S. is another vote of confidence in the Commonwealth’s great workforce, strong infrastructure, business-friendly climate and great quality of life.”