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Crowley authorised to import LNG for distribution in Pacific Northwest and Alaska

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The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Energy Board – Canada (NEB) have approved Crowley Maritime Corp.’s petroleum distribution group to import Canadian-sourced LNG for supply, transportation and distribution throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. The renewable, two-year import and export licenses now allow the company to import up to 2.12 billion ft3 of LNG via truck in 10 700 gal. ISO tanks or in bulk via ocean-going vessels.

“This approval is an important step in expanding Crowley’s capability to provide LNG for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska markets, building on the company’s existing service offerings in the region. It’s exciting for many of our commercial and industrial customers because the availability of LNG has been very limited in the past, and it’s another opportunity for us to prove that we’re a total solutions provider in the energy and logistics industries,” said Crowley’s Matt Sievert, Director of business development, LNG.

The company is now working to secure long-term, 25-year licenses with the DOE and NEB. At the same time, Crowley is actively monitoring the development of Alaska LNG supply projects, which would be a closer source to the Alaska interior markets.

From the sourcing and transportation, to the delivery into the equipment, the entire LNG supply chain will be seamless for Crowley’s industrial or commercial customers. The transportation, from Canadian-based liquefaction facilities to customers’ storage units, will be managed by Crowley’s logistics experts, coordinating over-the-road transportation and shipping via barge to Alaska. From there, Crowley’s Alaska distribution team will deliver LNG directly to customers’ facilities, where it can be re-gasified into pipeline natural gas for power generation, and mining, marine and industrial applications.

Similarly, in 2014, Crowley’s Carib Energy was granted a 20-year, small-scale US Department of Energy (DOE) export license for the supply, transportation and distribution of LNG into Non-Free Trade Agreement (NTFA) countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The licensing permits Crowley to export 0.04billion ft3/d of LNG – roughly the equivalent of 480 000 gal./d via 10 700-gal. ISO tanks to these regions.

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