Clean Energy Talks Up the Marine Fueling Possibilities
For Jacksonville Plant, Trucks and Trains Targeted Too
Clean Energy Fuels said this morning that it’s moving to buy land in Jacksonville, Fla. to build a liquefied natural gas plant serving marine, truck and rail markets. It would be the first project to be developed by Eagle LNG Partners, the new consortium of Clean Energy, GE Ventures, GE Energy Financial Services and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels.
The Jacksonville LNG plant would be the first on the Eastern seaboard for product aimed specifically at the maritime, heavy-duty trucking and rail industries, Clean Energy says. The new plant proximate to an existing BP terminal on the St. Johns River could, according to the announcement, be able to produce approximately 300,000 gallons of LNG per day.
Clean Energy told F&F that it will use GE’s Micro LNG technology in Florida, and that two previously promised Micro LNG plants will be located in the Northeast and Midwest.
“Establishing LNG capacity in Jacksonville is a critical strategic effort to enable LNG fueling throughout the Southeast region for our various market segments,” Clean Energy LNG production VP Brian Powers said in the company release.
‘A Strong First Step for Eagle,’ Says GE
“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,” Powers said.
“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,” Sanjay Bishnoi, senior director, GE Ventures said in the Clean Energy release.
Construction in Jacksonville could start in the second quarter of 2014 and the plant completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Eagle Hatched at HHP Summit
“Jacksonville has emerged as a leading contender to facilitate LNG in maritime applications due to Jacksonville-based shipping companies increasing orders for LNG-fueled ships to service Caribbean markets such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” Clean Energy adds. Among the standouts, TOTE (Totem Ocean Trailer Express) is building two LNG-fueled container ships to service the Jacksonville-San Juan trade.
“LNG has become an increasingly attractive fuel choice as the shipping industry prepares for the 2015 enforcement of the North American Emission Control Area, the International Maritime Organization’s international air pollution control program which limits sulfur emissions and effectively bans the use of bunker fuel within 200 miles of the United States,” Clean Energy (NASDAQ:CLNE) says.
The Eagle LNG Partners consortium was announced at the recent HHP Summit in Chicago (F&F, September 19). HHP Summit is a natural gas for high horsepower conference and expo organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up