Tulsa’s Matrix picked to build new LNG plant in Florida

Tulsa’s Matrix Service Inc. has been chosen to build a nearly $500 million liquified natural gas export plant in Jacksonville, Florida

Eagle LNG Partners LLC chose Matrix to design and build the plant that will have a production capacity of nearly 1.65 million LNG-gallons a day with 12 million LNG-gallons of storage plus a marine terminal and truck-loading capabilities.

“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,” said Dick Brown, CEO of Eagle LNG. “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.”

LNG offers significant environmental and economic benefits for industries that include marine and power generation. The Jacksonville LNG Export Facility will serve as the Caribbean’s most cost-effective, proximal LNG source loading LNG onto small, ocean-going vessels for export to countries currently using heavy fuel oil or diesel for power generation. The Jacksonville LNG Export Facility has an economic advantage utilizing a regional supply chain better matching smaller-scale LNG supply, proximity and customer demand profile. Conventional LNG models are designed to serve large-scale, global supply needs and thus expose small-scale markets to costs associated with large-scale infrastructure or break-bulk. Eagle LNG will continue to serve domestic marine fueling and exporting LNG in ISO containers for Caribbean markets from Eagle LNG’s Maxville LNG Facility, also located in Jacksonville, Florida.

“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,” said Matrix Service Company CEO John R. Hewitt. “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.”

With completion of the Jacksonville LNG Export Facility, Eagle LNG’s investment in Jacksonville, Florida, including its Maxville LNG Facility and the Talleyrand LNG Bunker Station on JAXPORT, will rival that of other major manufacturers who are moving to Jacksonville because of its skilled workforce and strong port presence. This facility will further support the almost 26,000 jobs in Northeast Florida that depend on the port and its activity.

Eagle LNG received both FERC authorization and Department of Energy LNG export approvals for the Jacksonville LNG Export Facility in late 2019.

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