Pivotal LNG Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources Inc., and WesPac Midstream have announced they are constructing a new natural gas liquefaction facility in Jacksonville, Fla., and have lined up a customer for the plant.
The partners say the land has been purchased, the engineering and permitting process is advancing, and the new Jacksonville facility is expected to be operational in mid-2016. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) will initially be used to fuel ocean vessels; however, the plant could potentially produce LNG for any application, including over-the-road transportation.
Pivotal and WesPac have entered a long-term agreement with TOTE Inc. to provide LNG from the facility to fuelÂ two new containerships. TOTE's dual-fuel ‘Marlin-class’ containerships are expected to be delivered to Jacksonville in late 2015 and early 2016 and will operate between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico.
‘This announcement marks the beginning of long-term, sustainable relationships that support the growth of LNG as a clean alternate fuel in and around the Jacksonville area,’ says Steve Cittadine, president of Pivotal LNG.
‘The combination of this new LNG facility in Jacksonville and our existing portfolio of LNG assets positions us well to serve the fueling needs of our current and future customers in the Southeast, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and potentially the broader Caribbean market.’