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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, May 12, 202105:00 AM EST

JAX LNG tripling liquefaction capacity at Dames Point facility

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Parent company Pivotal says the project also will double the site’s liquid natural gas storage when completed in 2022.
by: Mike Mendenhall Staff Writer

Owners of JAX LNG LLC say the company will triple liquefaction and double liquid storage capacity by 2022 at the liquefied natural gas facility along the St. Johns River.

Richmond, Virginia-based Pivotal LNG Inc. announced the expansion in a May 6 news release that states liquid natural gas storage at the North Jacksonville site will increase from 2 million to 4 million gallons and liquefaction at the site will rise to 360,000 gallons per day.

The JAX LNG expansion will support a long-term liquid natural gas supply agreement with “a major maritime company for its dual-fueled ships,” the release says. 

According to JAX LNG’s website, the facility is a supplier for TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico’s dual-fuel container vessels.

The JAX LNG facility, completed in 2018, was built as a joint project between Pivotal and NorthStar Midstream and was the first small-scale waterside LNG production facility in the U.S. with both marine and truck-loading capabilities, according to the release.

Pivotal LNG Vice President Tim Delay said in the release the expansion will help meet growing liquid natural gas demand in the eastern U.S.

“The expansion at JAX LNG with our partner NorthStar further demonstrates our commitment to investing in the future of clean energy,” Delay said. 

Pivotal says Salof Ltd. started construction of the liquefaction expansion, and the company is working with Matrix Service Co. Inc. subsidiaries to build the additional storage terminals. 

“Many of our modular units are already installed at the site, and we look forward to successfully commissioning the Phase 2 facility,” Salof President Robert Luhrs said in the release.

The city issued a permit for Matrix Service in March 2020  to install a 2 million gallon liquid natural gas tank at a cost of $900,000. 

The city is reviewing 12 permits toward the construction of JAX LNG Phase II that total almost $17.8 million in project costs.

G.A. West & Co. Inc. of Creola, Alabama, is the contractor.

The permits cover foundations, pipe racks and other equipment at the 9225 Dames Point Road facility.

After the JAX LNG expansion is complete, Pivotal’s LNG assets will reach more than 470,000 gallons per day of production capacity and a storage capacity of about 9 million gallons at its three facilities in Alabama, Florida and Pennsylvania, according to the release.

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