September 17, 2019 (Courtesy: Jacksonville Business Journal)
Jacksonville can once again claim another first in liquefied natural gas: Jax LNG opened May 24, 2019, as the first small-scale LNG facility in America that serves both trucks and marine vessels.
The facility is a joint venture between Northstar Midstream, a division of Oaktree Capital Management, and Pivotal LNG, a division of The Southern Company (NYSE: SO).
“Pivotal is committed to transforming the nation’s energy landscape by leading the way in how we supply liquefied natural gas to our customers,” Pivotal President Tim Hermann said in a statement. “One way we are doing this is through the development of the JAX LNG facility. With our partners NorthStar, we’ve implemented innovative solutions to make clean, safe, reliable and affordable LNG available to marine and inland customers that can be served from the port of Jacksonville.“
The facility supplies Tote Maritime’s dual-fuel container ships, the first of their kind in the world, and has the capacity to produce 120,000 gallons a day and store 2 million gallons. There is enough room at the Dames Point site to quintuple production and double storage, according to a press release.
“NorthStar and our owners are excited about the partnership we have with Pivotal LNG and Southern Companies in JAX LNG,” NorthStar Senior Vice President Tim Casey said in a statement. “We look forward to expanding our ability to bring environmentally-friendly LNG as a next generation fuel to the market.”
The Jax LNG plant continues Jacksonville’s lead in the LNG space, especially for maritime use. Both Tote and Crowley Maritime have launched first of their kind LNG vessels from Jacksonville, well ahead of a global emissions cap on ocean vessels that is moving much of the industry towards LNG adoption.
Eagle LNG, which supplies Crowley’s vessels and exports, also operates a bunkering facility at Jaxport, the first facility of its kind in the world. Like Pivotal, Eagle plans to expand its capacity, which includes its Maxville facility. The company is close to getting final regulatory approval to build 1.65 million gallons a day capacity across three liquefaction facilities.
Jax LNG expects its facility to become a supplier for additional industries, including rail, drilling, mining and others.