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    Florida’s JAX LNG set for expansion


The plan is to triple the liquefaction capacity and double the storage.

by: Daniel Graeber

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Florida’s JAX LNG set for expansion

Parties involved in the JAX LNG facility in Florida said May 6 that the plan to triple the facility's liquefaction capacity and double its storage was well underway.

The expansion for the facility along the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Florida, would triple liquefaction capacity to 360,000 gallons/d and double storage to 4mn 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-fuelled ships,” project partners announced.

Salof, a Texas-based company specialising in modular liquefaction plants, is leading the expansion, while subsidiaries of LNG contractor Matrix Service Company work on expanding the storage capacity. Beginning operations in 2018, the JAX LNG is a joint venture between Pivotal LNG and NorthStar Midstream.

Tim Casey, a senior vice president at NorthStar, said the expansion catered to the growing need for LNG in the shipping industry.

“The shipping industry is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint by using LNG as a fuel, which can limit CO2 emissions by more than 20% and SOX and NOX by more than 90%,” he said. “We are prepared to support those efforts by delivering LNG as a more environmentally friendly fuel for our customers.”

The shipping industry is working to comply with emissions regulations tabled by the International Maritime Organisation. Alternative fuels such as LNG and low-sulphur fuel oil are among the options used currently.