LNG facility the first of its kind on the Eastern seaboard
Clean Energy Fuels Corp has placed a purchase contract on property where it hopes to build a LNG fuel terminal in the Port of Jacksonville (JAXPORT), Florida.
This would be the first LNG facility on the Eastern seaboard to specifically supply LNG for the maritime industry.
The planned facility is the first project to be developed by Eagle LNG Partners, the recently-announced consortium of Clean Energy, GE Ventures, GE Energy Financial Services and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, formed to jointly deliver the cleaner-burning, less-costly fuel in the United States.
“Establishing LNG capacity in Jacksonville is a critical strategic effort to enable LNG fuelling throughout the Southeast region for our various market segments,” said Brian Powers, vice president of LNG production, Clean Energy.
“This Eagle LNG Partners project could establish the Port of Jacksonville as a leader in maritime natural gas fuelling and support the shipping industry as it follows other transportation segments in transitioning to natural gas.”
Located on the St. Johns River, the facility could have the capability to produce approximately 300,000 gallons of LNG per day to support anticipated increases in maritime and rail use and bolster supply for trucking fleets operating throughout the Southeast United States
Jacksonville has emerged as a leading contender to facilitate LNG in maritime applications due to Jacksonville-based shipping companies increasing orders for LNG-fuelled ships to service Caribbean markets such as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
LNG has become an increasingly attractive fuel choice as the shipping industry prepares for the 2015 enforcement of the North American Emission Control Area, the International Maritime Organization’s international air pollution control program which limits sulphur emissions and effectively bans the use of bunker fuel within 200 miles of the United States.