First-Ever Shipment via ISO Container: 7,100 Gallons
Clean Energy Fuels says its shipment of approximately 7,100 gallons of LNG to Hawaii Gas was the first shipment of liquefied natural gas in Hawaii state history. Hawaii Gas won approval in March from the Hawaii Public Utility Commission to land containerized LNG for use as a back-up fuel source for its Oahu synthetic natural gas facility.
The LNG was loaded into an ISO container at Clean Energy’s liquefaction plant in Boron, Calif., was transported to the Port of Los Angeles, and shipped to Honolulu via a regular container ship. It arrived April 2 and was re-gasified using a mobile vaporization unit and injected into the SNG distribution pipeline, the utility says.
“As we bring in larger quantities of LNG, we believe we can meet the needs of the people and businesses of Hawaii by lowering their cost of energy with a lower-carbon fuel,” Hawaii Gas CEO Alicia Moy says in the Clean Energy announcement.
A Backup – For Now
“Using LNG as a backup fuel is important to provide our customers continued reliability, but the sooner LNG can be brought to Hawaii in large quantities, the sooner our residents can benefit from this cleaner, cheaper, reliable and abundant fuel,” she said in her own company’s release.
“Natural gas has again proven its versatility,” said Clean Energy LNG production VP Brian Powers. “Hawaii Gas has shown leadership in its multi-year commitment to bring the benefits of natural gas to the ratepayers of Hawaii.”
Hawaii Gas is promoting LNG as a less expensive and cleaner burning fuel for utility and commercial power generation as well as for ground and marine transportation, Clean Energy says.
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels and Hawaii Gas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up