Liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier Eagle LNG has selected Matrix Service as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the construction of the Jacksonville LNG Export Facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
Estimated to cost nearly $500m, the new LNG export facility is expected to have a production capacity of nearly 1.65 million LNG-gallons per day with 12 million LNG-gallons of storage plus marine terminal and truck-loading capabilities.
The new Jacksonville LNG Export Facility is claimed to act as a highly cost-effective proximal LNG source loading LNG onto small, ocean-going vessels for export in Caribbean.
Matrix Service Company CEO John Hewitt said: “We are extremely proud to have been selected by Eagle LNG to provide turnkey solutions for this project, which will expand their ability to provide clean, low-cost, domestically produced natural gas to both domestic and global markets.
“Following the recent successful completion of our work at Eagle LNG’s Maxville LNG facility, we look forward to helping Eagle LNG achieve its objectives by providing our expertise in cryogenic storage and complete balance of plant, including marine structures, to deliver this next project safely, with the highest quality, on time and on budget.”
While conventional LNG models are designed to serve large-scale global supply needs, the new facility will have an economic advantage where it uses regional supply chain with better matching smaller-scale LNG supply, proximity and customer demand profile.
The company stated that it will continue offering domestic marine fuelling and exporting LNG in ISO containers to the Caribbean markets from its Maxville LNG Facility, also located in Jacksonville, Florida.
Eagle LNG CEO Dick Brown said: “Eagle LNG is experiencing a growing demand for LNG to serve small-scale export markets, while domestic demand for fuel-grade LNG continues to increase.
“We continue to build out LNG infrastructure across the country to meet these needs. Partnering with Matrix Service and Chart Industries provides service from concept through completion.”
Eagle LNG stated that after the Jacksonville LNG Export Facility is completed, its investment in Jacksonville, including its Maxville LNG Facility and the Talleyrand LNG Bunker Station on JAXPORT, could rival that of other manufacturers who plan to move to Jacksonville because of the workforce and the port.
When completed, the facility is expected to create nearly 26,000 jobs in Northeast Florida that depend on the port and its activity.