US FERC approves construction of £401m Jacksonville LNG export facility


The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued final approval to the US-based small-scale LNG firm Eagle LNG Partners to construct and operate the $500m (£401.7m) Jacksonville LNG export facility on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida.

The project will have a production capacity of 1.65m LNG-gallons per day with a storage capacity of 12m LNG-gallons. It will also feature dual-bay LNG truck loading facilities capable of loading between 260 and 520 LNG trucks annually.

Eagle LNG president Sean Lalani said: “The FERC authorization for Eagle LNG’s Jacksonville LNG Export facility has been many years and countless hours in the making.

“As one of only a handful of greenfield LNG project proponents to obtain their FERC Order, and the only project devoted to provisioning small-scale LNG projects in the Caribbean basin, Eagle LNG is one large step closer to delivering clean-burning, affordable, domestically produced U.S. natural gas.

“The proposed Jacksonville LNG Export facility will not only drive and create economic growth in Florida and the U.S., it is crucial for the expansion of new U.S./Caribbean LNG trade opportunities.”

Eagle LNG said that the LNG facility will provide the lowest cost US natural gas to the Caribbean basin.

The firm noted that the Jacksonville LNG project when combined with the Eagle LNG’s Maxville LNG Facility and the Talleyrand LNG Bunker Station, will provide the lowest cost LNG for bunkering in the southeast US.

The Maxville LNG plant, which is also constructed in Jacksonville, was opened by Eagle LNG in July 2018. It has a production capacity of 200,000 gallons per day.

Talleyrand LNG Bunker Station, on the other hand, is an operational marine LNG bunkering facility at Port of Jacksonville. It has a storage capacity of 500,000 gallons of LNG and has a design capacity flow rate of 2,700 gallons per minute.

Planned for completion in 2021, the Jacksonville LNG Export facility will feature three liquefaction trains, each with a capacity to produce 550,000 gallons of LNG a day (0.33mtpa).

In April 2019, Eagle LNG Partners has secured the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the Jacksonville Export LNG Project from the US FERC.

Image: Illustration of Jacksonville LNG export facility. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.

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