JAX LNG Ready to Begin Construction on Jacksonville LNG Bunker Facility

Wednesday October 12, 2016

JAX LNG Tuesday announced that it has completed the engineering and procurement contracts required to commence construction of its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and storage facility in Jacksonville, Florida, which will support LNG bunkering through Clean Jacksonville - North America's first LNG bunker barge.

"The LNG industry is seeing a steady growth in demand," said Tim Hermann, president of Pivotal LNG.

"This facility will expand our ability to serve more customers and add commerce, including skilled jobs to support the local economy.

The JAX LNG facility is said to be slated for operations to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Upon completion, JAX LNG says the facility will be outfitted with a 2 million gallon storage tank with a 120,000 gallon per day production capacity.

As Ship & Bunker previously reported, Pivotal LNG Inc. (Pivotal LNG) and WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac) announced in 2014 that they would work together to supply LNG bunkers for two TOTE Inc. (TOTE's) dual-fuel containerships.

JAX LNG is noted to be a joint venture formed in 2015 by Pivotal LNG and NorthStar Midstream, LLC (NorthStar Midstream)

"With the mobile pumping system as an interim fueling solution, we have already begun to serve the LNG fueling needs of TOTE in Jacksonville, Fla.," said Hermann.

"Once complete, this new LNG facility will provide a reliable long-term LNG fuel source in Florida that will help meet the growing LNG demands of the maritime industry and help expand the use of LNG throughout the southeastern U.S."

In April, TOTE awarded GTT North America, Inc. and GTT Training Ltd a contract to develop and implement a comprehensive LNG training programme for crew of a 2,200 m3 LNG bunker barge.