May 8, 2021. Pivotal LNG said that the facility will triple liquefaction to 360,000 gallons a day and double liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage to 4 million gallons.
The expansion is expected to be placed in service by early 2022 and will support a new long-term LNG supply agreement with a major maritime company for its dual-fueled ships.
JAX LNG began operations in 2018 and is a joint venture between Pivotal LNG, a BHE GT&S company, and NorthStar Midstream.
Global trends toward cleaner energy and new international maritime emissions regulations are driving demand for LNG. Following completion of the JAX LNG expansion, Pivotal’s network of LNG assets will reach a production capacity of over 470,000 gallons per day and a storage capacity of approximately 9 million gallons at its three facilities in Alabama, Florida, and Pennsylvania
Construction of the liquefaction expansion is underway, led by Salof.
For the storage expansion, JAX LNG is working with units of Matrix Service Company, a leading contractor to the energy and industrial markets and leader in small- to mid-size LNG liquefaction and storage terminals. Matrix completed the roof lift of the new 2 million gallon storage tank this past December, fulfilling a major construction milestone in the project.
The use of LNG as fuel allows maritime companies to move toward a cleaner energy future and comply with the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 emissions regulations. According to a study by SEA-LNG and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel, LNG as a marine fuel can reduce greenhouse emissions up to 21 per cent compared to current oil-based marine fuels.
The JAX LNG facility was the first small-scale waterside LNG production facility in the U.S. with both marine and truck loading capabilities. Since its 2018 commissioning, the facility has safely made over 150 deliveries to the LNG barge Clean Jacksonville through its integrated marine loading dock. This state-of-the-art facility was constructed through a joint venture between Pivotal and NorthStar.