Eagle LNG’s Talleyrand LNG Bunker Station, a state-of-the-art marine LNG bunkering facility at JAXPort (Jacksonville Port Authority) in Florida, has achieved another milestone as it fuels Crowley’s newest ConRo ship, Taino. The operation marks Eagle LNG as the domestic leader in LNG bunkering for the maritime industry.
This East Coast terminal is a newly designed, first-of-its-kind, shore-to-ship, LNG bunkering facility. Eagle LNG now routinely bunkers LNG onto Crowley’s LNG powered ConRo ships, El Coquí and Taino, for U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico container and vehicle trade and shipping.
Eagle LNG’s Talleyrand LNG Bunker Station is built with 500,000 LNG-gallons of storage capacity and with a design capacity flow rate of 2,700 gallons per minute, sufficient to fuel each of Crowley’s vessels in less than eight hours. The Talleyrand LNG Bunker Station is routinely filled via truck from Eagle LNG’s Maxville LNG Facility, which liquefies natural gas, located in West Jacksonville. The Maxville LNG Facility has another 1 million LNG-gallons of storage capacity, assuring security of supply for Crowley’s weekly bunkering events.
“Today marks another key accomplishment for our company with our Talleyrand terminal providing LNG bunkering to refuel Crowley’s newest ConRo, LNG-powered ship, Taino. The Taino joins Crowley’s other LNG powered ship, El Coquí, in weekly scheduled LNG fueling,” said Sean Lalani, President of Eagle LNG. “The Talleyrand marine bunkering terminal in JAXPort is capable of providing LNG fuel for the maritime industry while its small two-acre design can be easily replicated in other coastal ports,” said Lalani. “We are proud of our partnerships with Crowley, the Jacksonville community and JAXPort without whom this cutting-edge bunkering technology could not have come to fruition,” added Lalani.
Eagle LNG transfers LNG to power Crowley’s ConRo ships through a Mobile Transfer Unit with ongoing simultaneous operations, including gantry crane operation and container movement forward, and RORO aft of accommodation. This unique permanent infrastructure ensures transfer of the highest quality, coldest liquid fuel, increasing ships’ range and time between ‘fill-ups.’
Furthermore, Eagle LNG is developing a larger, on-water liquefaction plant and terminal in Jacksonville, known as the Jacksonville Export Facility, capable of liquefying 1.65 million LNG-gallons per day with 12 million LNG-gallons of storage capacity for natural gas exports and additional marine bunkering demand. Once Eagle LNG’s Jacksonville Export Facility is completed and operations combined with Eagle LNG’s Talleyrand LNG Bunker Station, Eagle LNG will be providing the lowest cost LNG for bunkering in the southeast United States.
Eagle Rethinks Risks of LNG Supply
Eagle LNG utilizes the type of business models that involve various ranges of risk sharing. One of the key challenges in creating Small-Scale LNG (SSLNG) infrastructure is the need for harmonized investments and risk allocation throughout the value chain. Potential SSLNG market participants and investors are comfortable with the types of risks (pricing, contracts) they are used to. Usually, global LNG infrastructure developers and suppliers favor long-term contracts, but that trend has been changing. A shipowner considering LNG or dual fuel engines for an upcoming newbuild does not want his fuel purchasing process to dramatically change. The LNG supplier needs to ensure the fuel price is a transparent and predictable price with a commitment term that suits the needs of the customer. The Eagle LNG integrated business model takes into account the entire gas value chain with the risks being shared between partners. Eagle LNG is at the forefront of providing the infrastructure solutions that will be needed by the shipping industry post 2020.