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JAX LNG becomes operational

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JAX LNG has announced that it has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its LNG facility at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Florida, US, to signify the official startup of the newly built plant.

According to the statement, JAX LNG is the first small scale LNG facility in the US with both marine and truck-loading capabilities. The construction was carried out through a joint venture (JV) between Pivotal LNG and NorthStar Midstream.

Tim Hermann, president of Pivotal LNG, said: “Pivotal is committed to transforming the nation’s energy landscape by leading the way in how we supply LNG to our customers.

“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.

In addition to marine and trucking companies, the facility is positioned to serve other industries, such as rail, drilling, mining, power generation, commercial and industrial.

Currently, the JAX LNG facility is capable of producing 120 000 gpd of LNG and can store over 2 million gal. of LNG. There is room at the site to expand the facility and add two liquefaction trains and a second storage tank, which would increase LNG production capacity to 600 000 gpd and store up to 4 million gal. JAX LNG claims that it can use its advantageous location on the water to service its maritime customers via LNG transport vessels.

NorthStar is owned by funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. Jared Parker, co-portfolio manager of Oaktree’s Infrastructure Investing strategy, said: “We believe LNG is the logical fuel choice for ships calling on ports in the US. We are excited to be developing the infrastructure necessary to make this option available for the transportation needs of companies focused on emission reductions and meeting IMO 2020 requirements.”

Tim Casey, senior vice president of LNG, added: “NorthStar and our owners are excited about the partnership we have with Pivotal LNG and Southern Companies in JAX LNG. We look forward to expanding our ability to bring environmentally-friendly LNG as a next generation fuel to the market.”

Construction of the facility started in late 2016. To date, its achievements include the first-of-its-kind, ship-to-ship bunkering operations in the US, and loading of TOTE Maritime’s Clean Jacksonville, the first LNG bunker barge built in the US.

In addition to this, JAX LNG is also the long-term supplier of LNG to the world’s first LNG dual-fuel containerships, the Isla Bella and Perla del Caribe, both of which are operated by TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico.

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