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December 08, 2011 08:16 ET

Chesapeake Energy and Westport Innovations -- Key Players in North American LNG Push

The Bedford Report Provides Stock Research on Chesapeake Energy & Westport Innovations

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 8, 2011) - In the coming years, the United States is poised to become a key player in the natural gas export market. With U.S. gas prices on the downswing due to a domestic supply glut, several companies are investigating the potential of export terminals on the U.S. coast in order to take advantage of higher prices abroad. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in natural gas and provides stock research on Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) and Westport Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ: WPRT) (TSX: WPT). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

As reported on MarketWatch, several companies have plans to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals while others are well into the evaluation process, raising the prospects of a billion-dollar construction boom for these highly specialized facilities. LNG terminals super-chill gas to its liquid form and load it into specially designed tankers for shipment overseas.

Other than a single, 40-year-old LNG facility in Alaska, the U.S. presently has none of the liquefaction equipment required to prepare natural gas for export.

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Chesapeake Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and production of natural gas and oil properties in the United States. Cheniere Energy, which has proposed building liquefaction facilities at its import terminal in Sabine Pass, La., previously said that Chesapeake executives said they were willing to send as much as 500,000 Mcf/d of gas to the proposed facility.

Westport Innovations Inc. provides alternative fuel, low-emissions technologies that enable engines to operate on fuels, such as compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, and biofuels. Earlier this month the company announced that it has entered into an agreement with Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of diesel-electric locomotives, to integrate Westport's high pressure direct injection (HPDI) technology and natural gas fuel system technologies into an EMD locomotive provided by Canadian National Railways (CN).

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