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JAX LNG facility holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

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JAX LNG, an LNG facility located at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Florida, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 16 May to signify the official start-up of the newly constructed plant.

JAX is the first small-scale LNG facility in the US with both marine and truck-loading capabilities. The state-of-the-art facility was constructed through a joint venture between Pivotal LNG and NorthStar Midstream.

“Pivotal is committed to transforming the nation's energy landscape by leading the way in how we supply LNG to our customers,” said Tim Hermann, President of Pivotal LNG. “One way we are doing this is through the development of the JAX LNG facility. With our partners NorthStar, we've implemented innovative solutions to make clean, safe, reliable and affordable LNG available to marine and inland customers that can be served from the port of Jacksonville.”

LNG is a clean, domestically produced alternative fuel serving multiple industries to reduce emissions and energy costs. When using LNG as a marine fuel on a well-to-wake basis, greenhouse emissions are reduced up to 21%.

In addition to marine and trucking companies, the JAX plant is positioned to serve other industries, including rail, drilling, mining, power generation, commercial and industrial.

Currently, the JAX LNG facility has the capacity to produce 120 000 gal./d of LNG and store more than 2 million gal. of LNG. There is room at the site to expand the facility and add two liquefaction trains and a second storage tank which would increase LNG production capacity to 600 000 gal./d and store up to 4 million gal. JAX can use its advantaged location on the water to service its maritime customers via LNG transport vessels.

NorthStar is owned by funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, LP. Jared Parker, Co-Portfolio Manager of Oaktree's Infrastructure Investing strategy stated, “We believe LNG is the logical fuel choice for ships calling on ports in the US. We are excited to be developing the infrastructure necessary to make this option available for the transportation needs of companies focused on emission reductions and meeting IMO 2020 requirements.”

Tim Casey, Senior Vice President of LNG, commented, “NorthStar and our owners are excited about the partnership we have with Pivotal LNG and Southern Companies in JAX LNG. We look forward to expanding our ability to bring environmentally-friendly LNG as a next generation fuel to the market”.

Construction of the JAX LNG facility began in late 2016. Its achievements thus far include the first-of-its-kind, ship-to-ship bunkering operations in the US and loading of TOTE Maritime's Clean Jacksonville, the first LNG bunker barge built in the US.

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