By Karen Brune Mathis and Mike Mendenhall • Staff Writers
The city issued six more permits Aug. 30 for $4.27 million in work toward the JAX LNG expansion in North Jacksonville, boosting the project to $8.27 million in approved projects in just more than a week.
The city issued five permits Aug. 20 for $4 million in work toward the JAX LNG expansion at 9225 Dames Point Road.
G.A. West & Co. Inc. of Creola, Alabama, is the contractor for all of the 11 permits.
The latest six range from $503,877 to $813,785. They include trench and pipe foundations and steel framing to hold industrial equipment.
The previous five were for concrete foundations for process modules and equipment.
Owners of JAX LNG LLC said in May 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 May 6. It said liquid natural gas storage at the site will increase from 2 million to 4 million gallons and liquefaction 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 said.
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, whose first phase was completed in 2018, was built as a joint project between Pivotal and NorthStar Midstream.
It 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 said in May that 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.
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.