Crowley Maritime Corporation’s LNG group has celebrated the first loading of nearly 11,000 gallons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into an ISO tank container at the new Eagle LNG Partners liquefaction facility located near Jacksonville, Florida.
The Eagle LNG Partners liquefaction facility was built to provide LNG as a bunker fuel to Crowley’s two new Commitment Class, combination container/roll-on roll-off (ConRo) ships for the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico trade.
To support fuelling the ships, Eagle LNG Partners and Crowley have constructed a dockside LNG fuel depot on Crowley-leased property at the JAXPORT Talleyrand Marine Terminal on the St. Johns River.
The LNG cargo, in this case, will be delivered over the road to the Port of Jacksonville for ocean transport to support customers in Puerto Rico.
“With the successful LNG tank container loading at the Eagle LNG Partners’ Maxville Facility, Crowley can offer even more flexible services and sourcing locations to supply customers with LNG as a cleaner, safer fuel source,” said Crowley’s Matt Jackson, vice president, LNG.
“The new plant location means LNG can be easily produced and transported to the port all within the Jacksonville area.
“Not only will Crowley and Eagle LNG Partners provide a fuel source that decreases environmental impacts, Crowley can provide supply chain and engineering solutions that are resilient alternatives to traditional energy sources in Puerto Rico and other markets.”
The plant, which is in the Maxville area of west Jacksonville, has the capacity to produce up to 200,000 gallons per day of LNG. The Maxville LNG Facility has a 1-million-gallon storage tank and a modern system to load fuel into ISO containers for truck delivery to the port quickly.
“We are very pleased that the first commercial load of LNG from the new Maxville LNG Facility is destined for Puerto Rico via ISO container,” notes Sean Lalani, president of Eagle LNG Partners.
“This LNG plant is the embodiment of Crowley and Eagle LNG’s commitment to the community in the North Florida region and Puerto Rico.
“Having the first commercial load sold to Crowley for routing through the Port of Jacksonville to Puerto Rico is only appropriate.”
Photo credit: Crowley Maritime Corporation
Published: 3 April, 2018
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