Pivotal LNG Awarded Contract to Fuel LNG Container Ships
On Tuesday, Pivotal LNG, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources, and WesPac Midstream (WesPac) announced they have signed a long-term agreement with TOTE to provide LNG to fuel TOTE’s two new containerships. To meet regional demand in the southeast, Pivotal LNG and WesPac are constructing a new natural gas liquefaction facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The land has been purchased, the engineering and permitting process is advancing, and the new Jacksonville LNG facility is expected to be operational in mid-2016. The Jacksonville site provides the capability to add additional natural gas liquefaction and LNG storage capacity in the future in order to supply other customers in Jacksonville and regional markets. TOTE’s new dual-fuel ‘Marlin-class’ containerships, the first in the world, are expected to be delivered to Jacksonville in late 2015 and early 2016 and will operate between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico. Both ships are powered by dual-fuel LNG engines and surpass the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s clean air regulations. “This important agreement solidifies Northeast Florida’s place as a pioneer in the commercial benefits of LNG, thanks to groundbreaking decisions by our long-time port customers, and the innovative spirit of the business and political leadership in our region,” said Brian Taylor, CEO of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT).