Clean Energy Fuels announced plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on recently purchased land in Jacksonville, Fla. When completed, it would be the first LNG facility on the Eastern seaboard to specifically supply LNG for the maritime, heavy-duty trucking and rail industries. The planned facility is the first project to be developed by Eagle LNG Partners, the recently-announced consortium of Clean Energy, GE Ventures, GE Energy Financial Services and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, formed to jointly deliver the cleaner-burning, less-costly fuel in the United States.
“Establishing LNG capacity in Jacksonville is a critical strategic effort to enable LNG fueling throughout the Southeast region for our various market segments,” said Brian Powers, vice president of LNG production, Clean Energy. “This Eagle LNG Partners project could establish the Port of Jacksonville as a leader in maritime natural gas fueling and support the shipping industry as it follows other transportation segments in transitioning to natural gas.”
The planned facility could have the capability to produce approximately 300,000 gallons of LNG per day to support anticipated increases in maritime and rail use and bolster supply for trucking fleets operating throughout the Southeast United States. Construction of the Jacksonville facility is anticipated to begin in the second quarter of 2014 and is estimated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
“The Jacksonville project is a strong first step for Eagle LNG Partners and would put the Eastern seaboard and Southeast region clearly in play for high horsepower LNG fueling applications,” said Sanjay Bishnoi, senior director, GE Ventures.