Crowley Selects Eagle LNG as Provider of LNG Marine Fuel
Crowley Puerto Rico Services has selected Eagle LNG as the LNG supplier for the company’s new LNG-powered Commitment Class ships, which will be delivered in 2017 for use in the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico trade. To support Crowley’s LNG needs, Eagle LNG will build a natural gas liquefaction plant with a capacity of 200,000 gallons per day (87,000 gallons per day initially) in Jacksonville, Florida. The facility is slated to be operational by early 2017.
“The partnership with Eagle LNG is an important first step in developing sustainable supply infrastructure to ensure these highly technical, environmentally friendly vessels operate to their full capability,” said Crowley’s John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico services.
The supply agreement between Eagle LNG and Crowley will provide LNG fuel for the El Coqui and Taino, which are expected to be in service in the second quarter and fourth quarter of 2017 respectively. The Jones Act ships will replace Crowley’s towed triple-deck barge fleet.
“This project is an important investment in our community from both economic and environmental perspectives,” said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.
The LNG plant is separate from the previously announced Eagle LNG Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) export terminal located along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, which will continue to focus on export markets in the Caribbean and Atlantic Basin.