Houston TX-based Eagle LNG Partners LLC (Eagle LNG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferus Natural Gas Fuels LP, has begun the construction process for a natural gas liquefaction plant in West Jacksonville, FL. The state-of-the-art facility is slated to be operational by early 2017 and will supply Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Crowley to be used in their new LNG-powered Commitment Class ships for U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico trade.
Beginning in early 2017, the plant will have capacity (200,000 gallons per day; 87,000 gallons per day initially) to supply beyond Crowley’s needs, with surplus fuel being available for sale to both domestic clients in the Southeast, and island customers looking for containerized LNG supply.
“LNG produces fewer emissions and is an overall cleaner fuel than sources like diesel and heavy fuel oil, which helps companies improve sustainability efforts and meet regulatory mandates within a sound economic framework,” said Dick Brown, CEO, Eagle LNG.
“Having reliable access to sufficient quantities of LNG will be essential to our operations as we introduce our new LNG powered Commitment-Class ConRo (container / roll-on roll-off) ships to the Puerto Rico market next year,” said John Hourihan, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico services.
The LNG plant features a 1,000,000-gallon storage tank and an LNG truck loading system. The LNG plant is also designed to load LNG ISO containers for supply to nearby island markets. This is a distinct project from the previously announced Eagle LNG Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) export terminal located along the St. Johns River, in Jacksonville, which will continue to focus on export markets in the Caribbean and Atlantic Basin along with providing additional domestic LNG supply.
To support fueling ships, Eagle LNG is building a fuel depot dockside at the Talleyrand Marine Terminal on the St. Johns River. The cutting-edge marine terminal, which uses customized design technology, operates within a small footprint for bunkering operations.
Eagle LNG Partners LLC (Eagle LNG) is building LNG infrastructure across the United States to supply clean-burning, competitively-priced fuel for the marine, remote power, rail, oil and gas, and trucking industries.
(Source: Eagle LNG Partners)