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Jacksonville Continues LNG Lead With New Facility Opening

The use of LNG (liquefied natural gas) is of growing importance to the logistics industry and Jacksonville continues to lead in developments related to LNG initiatives.

JAX LNG recently opened 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.

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.

“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 JAX LNG plant continues Jacksonville’s lead in the LNG space, especially for maritime use, as it adds to the first-of-its-kind LNG vessels and bunkering facility both at JAXPORT. TOTE and Crowley Maritime have both launched 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, operates the bunkering facility, the first facility of its kind in the world with plans to expand its capacity. 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.

For more information on the LNG facility, read the Jacksonville Business Journal.