Already a leader in the U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) industry, Jacksonville moved one step closer solidifying its presence as an industry leader with the proposal of a $542 million LNG facility that will cover nearly 200 acres on the city’s Northside. According to the proposal, Houston-based Eagle LNG Partners would build the facility with a processing capacity of 1.65 million gallons of LNG per day for exporting to the Caribbean islands.
Eagle currently supplies Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime through their Maxville liquefication and bunkering facility for its two vessels, Taino and El Coqui, the world’s first LNG-powered vessels capable of carrying both containers and vessels.
When asked about the continued status of Jacksonville as a hub for the LNG market, Eagle LNG president Sean Lalani said, “When you look at North America, there’s no place where this is happening more than Jacksonville.”
Jacksonville’s location is ideal for the company to meet the increased demand for LNG to serve more small-scale export markets while domestic demand continues to develop.
The proposed facility would not be the first LNG facility in Jacksonville. Earlier this year, JAX LNG opened the first small-scale LNG facility in America that produces 120,000 gallons per day earlier this year. JAX LNG provides fuel to TOTE Maritime, another Jacksonville-based global shipping company which homeports two LNG-powered container ships at JAXPORT.
For more information on the LNG Facility, read The Florida Times-Union.