‘Land Has Been Purchased, Engineering & Permitting Is Advancing’
For Jacksonville LNG to Support New Container Ships from Mid-2016
The fuel supply partnership of Pivotal LNG and WesPac Midstream reports a long-term agreement with Tote, Inc. to provide liquefied natural gas to fuel two new Marlin-class container ships for Tote’s Sear Star Line. The new vessels will fuel at a new LNG plant in Jacksonville and will provide freight service to Puerto Rico.
Each of Marlin-class vessels will have twin 900-cubic-meter (238,000-gallon) LNG fuel tanks.
“The land has been purchased, the engineering and permitting process is advancing, and the new Jacksonville LNG facility is expected to be operational in mid-2016,” states a release. Capacity has yet to be disclosed, but the “Jacksonville site provides the capability to add additional natural gas liquefaction and LNG storage capacity in the future in order to supply other customers in Jacksonville and regional markets.”
The partners purchased land last year near Dames Point in Jacksonville to support the Sea Star ships. They are expected to initially fuel from land and eventually from the harborside via bunker barge.
“This announcement marks the beginning of long-term, sustainable relationships that support the growth of LNG as a clean alternate fuel in and around the Jacksonville area,” Pivotal LNG president Steve Cittadine said in a release.
The planned WesPac-Pivotal LNG bunker barge will need to travel less than a mile from the former CertainTeed Gypsum site to the Tote/Sea Star docks on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.
“The combination of this new LNG facility in Jacksonville and our existing portfolio of LNG assets positions us well to serve the fueling needs of our current and future customers in the southeast, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and potentially the broader Caribbean market,” Cittadine said.
“With this landmark agreement, WesPac has secured property in Jacksonville for the construction of the first LNG liquefaction facility supplying marine fuel in North America,” said WesPac president Dave Smith. “Together with our partners Pivotal LNG and Tote, we’ve effectively established LNG as the fuel of the future for marine vessels in the U.S. We look forward to the completion of the project and expanding the facility going forward as more markets transition to clean LNG fuel.”
‘Long-Lasting, Positive Impact’
“It’s an exciting time for Tote, WesPac, Pivotal LNG and the Puerto Rico trade,” said Tote president and CEO Anthony Chiarello. “The new Marlin-class vessels that will enter service in late 2015 are the first LNG powered containerships in the world.
“This significant investment in the trade, the environment and in Jones Act vessels will create a long-lasting, positive impact in Jacksonville and Puerto Rico,” Chiarello said.
Tote maintains that the volumes to be consumer by LNG-fueled ships – the Marlin-class vessels will have twin 900-cubic-meter (238,000-gallon) LNG fuel tanks – is sufficient to stimulate development of an LNG production and fueling infrastructure (HHP Insight, December 30).
Eagle’s Jacksonville LNG for Export
Approximately three miles to the northwest on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Eagle LNG partners is likewise planning an LNG production facility (HHPi, December3). Eagle LNG, a joint venture owned equally by Ferus Natural Gas Fuels and GE Ventures, is hosting “open house” events on the evenings of January 14 and January 15 to outline its plans to the local community.
Eagle is thus far emphasizing export markets for its Jacksonville LNG.
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Source: Pivotal LNG and WesPac with HHP Insight follow-up