USA: Liquefied Natural Gas Eagle LNG Starts Up LNG Plant in Jacksonville
Eagle LNG Partners officially opened its Maxville LNG Facility in Jacksonville. The plant which has been operating since early 2018 has a production capacity of 200,000 liquefied natural gas (LNG) gallons-per-day (approx. 6,300 tons) with a 1 million-gallon storage tank.
Jacksonville/USA — Maxville is built to supply the company's Marine Fuel Depot, Talleyrand, located on the Port of Jacksonville’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal.
The producer will fuel Crowley Maritimes’ two new LNG-powered Commitment Class ships for US mainland to Puerto Rico trade from its Talleyrand marine fuel depot in addition to serving growing domestic and Caribbean needs. The Maxville plant currently loads LNG in ISO containers shipped to Puerto Rico for the pharmaceutical industry.
The marine fuel depot is a shore-side facility offering 500,000 gallons (approx. 15,750 tons) of LNG bunkering capability, while occupying a small footprint which allows bunkering at Crowley’s berth where their ships are homeported. The fuel depot is the first of its kind world-wide. As a permanent marine infrastructure, it delivers a long-term LNG bunkering solution at this port for both domestic and international marine trade routes.
Sean Lalani, President of Eagle LNG, said that the company was investing millions of dollars creating small-scale LNG infrastructure to supply LNG as a fuel alternative for marine bunkering and for export to the Caribbean. It represented the start of Eagle LNG’s plans to build LNG infrastructure across the nation, he added.
Eagle LNG is also focused on completing its larger LNG export plant, also to be constructed in Jacksonville, on the St. Johns River north of Jacksonville. The new plant will have capacity to produce 1.5 million LNG gallons-per-day with a 12 million-gallon storage tank (approx. 380,000 tons) , a marine jetty and road tanker loading bay. It will supply LNG for power generation to the Caribbean Islands plus domestic fuel and power markets.
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to approve the larger export facility soon, with first LNG production anticipated from the facility in 2020.