Expanding its capacity to supply LNG for the marine market, Virginia-based utility company Dominion Energy has acquired small-scale producer Pivotal LNG from Atlanta-based utility company Southern Company
Among Pivotal LNG’s assets are the Trussville LNG plant in Trussville, Alabama, and a 50% ownership in JAX LNG facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
A 50/50 partnership between Pivotal LNG and Houston-based NorthStar Midstream, JAX LNG was dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2019. Capable of loading both vessels and tanker trucks, JAX LNG supplies LNG for TOTE Maritime’s two dual-fuelled, 3,100-TEU container ships Isla Bella and Perla del Caribe. Operating in the Jones Act trade between Jacksonville and San Juan, Puerto Rico, the two container ships are refuelled by the specially built LNG bunker barge Clean Jacksonville.
Pivotal LNG’s JAX LNG and Trussville LNG have the capacity to produce over 681,000 litres of LNG a day and to store 26.5M litres of LNG. Both small-scale LNG facilities can be expanded to increase production and storage based on market demands. JAX LNG could expand production capacity by an additional 1.8M litres per day and double its storage capacity to 15.1M litres, according to Pivotal LNG.
Dominion Energy also owns the Cove Point LNG facility in Lusby, Maryland, which began exporting LNG in 2018 to Japan and India. The liquefaction facility has a nameplate capacity of 5.25 mta.
“The acquisition of Pivotal LNG will play an important role in our broader strategy to help decarbonise the marine shipping industry,” said Dominion Energy vice president of gas development services Roger Williams. “The acquisition of Pivotal and our existing Cove Point LNG facility in Maryland positions us well to lead the transformation of the marine industry and to serve other growing LNG markets along the east coast.” Mr Williams added.
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