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Jacksonville LNG Project, Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

Jacksonville LNG Project

The Jacksonville LNG project involves the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, storage and export facility on St Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, US.

The proposed facility will be owned and operated by Eagle LNG, a consortium of Clean Energy, GE Ventures, GE Energy Financial Services and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels. It will aim to meet high LNG demands of the vehicular and high-horsepower engine markets in the US.

Earlier conceived as a facility serving domestic markets, the proposed project plans to supply LNG to Caribbean and other overseas destinations. It will also provide fuel to ships cruising along the East Coast and other domestic commercial vehicles, making it the first terminal in the US to provide fuel for cargo ships.

Natural gas will be received and liquefied at the facility and LNG will be temporarily stored before being transported by ocean-going vessels, trucks and containers for export purposes and marine bunkering trade.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017 and commissioning is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2018. Expected operational life of the project is 30 years.

Site details of Jacksonville LNG project

“A marine load-out facility is planned to be built to handle small to mid-sized LNG vessels and bunkering barges.”

The facility will be constructed on approximately 197 acres (79.7ha) of land that is marked for industrial activity and hosts other bulk fuel terminals. Located in the same vicinity are Marathon Petroleum, Hess Corporation and US Navy fuel terminals.

Jacksonville LNG project infrastructure

The plant will feature three LNG trains with a production capacity of 300,000 gallons of LNG a train (approximately 0.18Mtpa).

One LNG storage tank with a capacity of eight million gallons (30,283m³) of total LNG storage and consisting of one large tank will be constructed as part of the proposed facility. Studies are ongoing on the feasibility of employing two smaller tanks with a capacity of four million gallons each.

A marine load-out facility is planned to be built to handle small to mid-sized LNG vessels and bunkering barges. Plans for the marine terminal include a land access pier with a T-headed structure located approximately 900ft offshore.

It will be situated off the north bank of St Johns River between the Marathon Petroleum marine terminal and the Navy Fuel Pier and immediately north of St Johns River Federal Channel.

Berthing and mooring facilities will ensure the accommodation of LNG vessels with capacities between 5,000m³ and 30,000m³.

Electrical energy for the facility will be supplied by Jacksonville area’s electric utility, Jacksonville Electric Authority.

An inlet boost compressor will be configured in the project facility to compress the feed gas from low pressure of natural gas distribution system (250psig) to the required feed pressure (650psig). The inlet boost compressor will be equipped with a motor-driven compressor.

Part of the LNG produced at the facility will be transported by trucks for road distribution to LNG fuelling stations in north Florida, the surrounding regions and states.

The capacity of LNG trucks used will be approximately 12,500 gallons (47m³). The LNG truck loading area will comprise cryogenic pipework (loading and vapour return) from LNG storage tank to the truck-loading area, flexible cryogenic hoses for filling, control panel, shelter and turning circle for LNG trucks.

Feed gas details for the Jacksonville LNG project

The new facility is expected to start operations in mid-2018.

Natural gas supplied to the project will be produced from reserves that currently supply two interstate pipelines that serve Jacksonville, the Florida Gas Transmission system and the Southern Natural Gas system.

Natural gas will be delivered to the project site by local distribution utility Peoples Gas. An existing pipeline of the utility will deliver to the project’s first train (25MMcf/d). The pipeline is planned to undergo expansion to supply natural gas to the remaining two trains.

Jacksonville LNG project benefits

The project was conceived to efficiently use the abundant supply of natural gas available in a cost-effective manner.

It will also impact the economies of Jacksonville and the state of Florida by creating jobs and increasing economic activity and exports. More than 102 jobs are expected to be created in the first ten years of the project.

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Ventilation system will increase air flow once installed

Ventilation system

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A town hall meeting to discuss the recovery progress at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is being held this Thursday.

The town hall was postponed from taking place at the beginning of the month until this Thursday, due to a scheduling conflict.

The town hall will start art 5:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad City Council Chambers, and WIPP officials will discuss recent activities taking place at the repository in order to complete the recovery process.

Workers at WIPP are currently working on finishing the installation of the Interim Ventilation System.

According to a news release, workers at WIPP have poured concrete pads and the filter units have been installed on the concrete pads in their final positions.

The IVS is one part of the new ventilation system at WIPP that will ensure safety in case of radioactive release.

“In the event that work being performed in the underground would cause radioactive to become airborne, these filters are designed to capture the particles, preventing release to the environment,” the news release said.

The IVS consists of two fans that draw air from out of the underground and of High Efficiency Particulate Air filter units that filter the air in the underground before it is released into the environment.

Duct work also needs to be installed to connect the IVS to the existing ventilation system at the site.

The IVS will be used with already existing HEPA filters and fans at the facility, “significantly increasing the overall amount of airflow in the underground.”

With increased airflow in the WIPP underground it will increase the amount of work that can be down in the underground at once, as well as allow more diesel-fueled equipment to be used.

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Air Liquide awarded a new contract for the ITER project, strengthening its leadership in extreme cryogenics

Air Liquide announces the signature of a new contract with ITER-India for the design and manufacturing of 19 cryogenic lines for the ITER project. This latest contract comes after two earlier ones, signed in 2012 and in 2013, bringing to around 250 million euros the total amount signed by Air Liquide for the ITER project. This latest announcement illustrates Air Liquide’s leadership in extreme cryogenics for major scientific projects.

The objective of the international ITER project is to develop an experimental reactor in order to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion as a new source of energy. To obtain the very powerful electromagnetic fields required to confine and stabilize the fusion, it is necessary to use superconducting magnets that only function at extremely low temperatures.

The new cryogenic lines will transport helium at extremely low temperatures close to absolute zero in some cases (-269°C). Their fabrication requires the use of high tech processes and sophisticated design.

After having already completed the large scale cryogenic installations for the CERN1, Air Liquide, an expert in cryogenics, is a major industrial partner of the ITER project. It notably supplies the helium and nitrogen refrigerators used in ITER’s cryogenic plant, which will be the largest centralized refrigeration system ever built, as well as the 19 cryogenic lines.

François Darchis, member of the Air Liquide Executive Committee supervising Innovation, commented:We would like to thank ITER-India for its confidence. This success demonstrates once again the unique expertise of Air Liquide in the field of very low temperatures and its capacity to provide very high tech systems to address ambitious scientific challenges. Air Liquide is thus contributing to the major global scientific projects and to the development of the energy solutions of the future.

Prof. D. Bora, Director, Institute for Plasma Research, India, commented: ITER’s cryogenic system is one of the most complex systems known today after the CERN, and we are happy that Air Liquide is associated with us in this drive for fusion.

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DSME Completes Delivery of World’s First LNG-powered Container Ship

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The world’s first container ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), which has been built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) with proprietary technology, has successfully completed a sea trial and will be put on an actual route.

According to an official at the DSME on Oct. 20, NASSCO, a subsidiary of leading U.S. defense company General Dynamics, recently delivered the Isla Bella, a 3,100 TEU container ship, to Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) Maritime after the completion of the sea trial. The ship is the world’s first LNG-powered container ship that includes patented technologies from the DSME and its subsidiaries.

The DSME generalized the basic design and supply of its own patented high-pressure LNG fuel gas supply system, while its subsidiary Shinhan Machinery was in charge of manufacturing equipment. Also, its design subsidiary DSEC took charge of the overall design and material package supply.

The LNG-powered system has lower emissions and increased fuel efficiency when compared to conventional diesel-powered ships. Accordingly, it is considered to be “the future of the shipbuilding industry.” The ship can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 23 percent and sulfur oxide emissions by more than 95 percent compared to conventional ships using heavy fuel oil (HFO). Also, fuel consumption can be cut by nearly 35 percent. Based on its patents and technologies, the DSME has won more than 30 LNG carrier orders. The company boasts its unrivaled competitiveness in LNG-related technology.

In the process of the sea trial, the DSME proved its LNG gas supply system technology by successfully securing a stable supply of fuel. The system supplies high-pressure natural gas to the engine from the fuel tank, and it is considered a core technology in natural gas-powered ships. The DSME has secured price competitiveness through its high-pressure LNG vaporizing system and contributed greatly to the commercialization of natural gas as fuel for ships.

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ACD fuel gas system supplies LNG to Rasheeda engines on cue

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ACD reports that its MSP-SL reciprocating, high-pressure pump system for the supply of LNG to the two engines onboard Rasheeda is performing well on the LNG carrier’s current historic voyage.

A Q-max vessel of 266,000m3, Rasheeda is the first LNG carrier with conventional diesel engines to have its propulsion system converted to dual-fuel running.

Rasheeda’s pair of newly configured, gas-burning, MAN ME-GI engines were commissioned on completion of the second phase of gas trials off the Spanish coast in mid-September. The vessel is now enroute from Qatar to the UK’s South Hook terminal with a cargo of LNG, its first following the engine conversion.

To date ACD has delivered 14 high-pressure and 25 low-pressure LNG fuel systems for two and four-stroke marine propulsion engines. The Santa Ana, California-based firm also has a significant backlog of similar orders for delivery through 2017.

Rasheeda is one of 45 Q-flex and Q-max LNG carriers owned or part-owned by Nakilat of Qatar. The shipowner is reviewing the possibility of converting the conventional, two-stroke diesel engines of further vessels in this fleet to the ME-GI configuration.

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The world first LNG Fueled Container ship launches

The world first LNG fueled container ship has been launched at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego for operation by Sea Star Line in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade.

The Isla Bella is the first of two Marlin-class vessels ordered by Seattle-based TOTE Shipholdings Inc. The ships have dual-fuel engines that will operate primarily on liquefied natural gas but will be capable of burning diesel when needed.

Growing interest in LNG as a ship’s fuel is being driven by increasingly strict regulations on vessel emissions of sulpfur dioxide and other pollutants. Operators in emissions control zones off North American and European waters are the first to feel the impact of the stricter rules.

By switching to LNG, TOTE is reducing NOx emissions by 98 percent, SOx by 97 percent, carbon dioxide by 72 and particulate matter by 60 percent in the Puerto Rico trade.