Venture that includes GE plans new LNG project in Jacksonville, Florida

Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC proposes to construct a facility in the City of Jacksonville, Florida, on the St. Johns River, that will receive and liquefy natural gas, temporarily store the produced LNG, and periodically load LNG into trucks and containers, or onto ocean-going vessels.

The company on Nov. 26 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a pre-application notice about this project. Eagle LNG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle LNG Partners LLC, the members of which are Ferus Natural Gas Fuels LP and GE Ventures LLC, a unit of General Electric (NYSE: GE).

Ferus NGF and GE formed Eagle LNG Partners LLC in order to take advantage of an unusual opportunity to develop a small- to mid-scale LNG production, storage and loading facility that will be well positioned to serve both U.S. domestic demand for LNG and demand for LNG in nearby export markets, the filing noted.

At full build-out, the Jacksonville Project would include three liquefaction trains having the capacity to produce 300,000 gallons of LNG per train (0.18 million tons per year per train; total of 0.55 million tons per year), from approximately 25 MMcf/d of natural gas per train. The project would procure electric energy from JEA, the electric utility which serves the Jacksonville area.

Eagle LNG anticipates resolving any issues raised during the scoping process and submitting a complete application by June 2015, allowing the commission staff to issue a final environmental impact statement for the project before the end of June 2016. Eagle LNG plans to request that the commission issue a final order granting the requested Section 3 authorization on or before Sept. 30, 2016.

LNG produced at the Jacksonville Project site would be transferred to trucks, containers, and marine vessels for delivery to domestic and export markets. The project design contemplates construction of a marine load-out facility and dock on the St. Johns River that could accommodate small- to mid-size LNG vessels as well as bunkering barges (to be used in domestic ship fueling at the Port of Jacksonville). Current plans call for marine deliveries through a combination of bulk LNG transfer vessels and bunker barges. Deliveries of LNG also would be made through a truck load-out facility.

The Jacksonville Project will receive its natural gas feedstock from local utility facilities. Gas to be liquefied will be transported to the project site through existing and expanded pipeline facilities located adjacent to the site; no extension of pipeline facilities from the Jacksonville Project to any interstate natural gas pipeline is planned.

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