Pilot LNG announced the filing of regulatory applications for development of a LNG bunker terminal to be located on Pelican Island in Galveston, Texas. Pilot LNG has filed regulatory applications with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as the lead permitting agency. The company expects a Final Investment Decision on the project in the second half of 2021 with operations starting in 2024.
“Pilot LNG’s Galveston LNG Bunker Port will provide clean-burning LNG to one of the US’s largest Port complexes,” said Pilot LNG Chief Executive, Jonathan Cook. “The proposed Galveston LNG Bunker Port would provide the necessary infrastructure to supply the growing market for LNG marine fuel, substantially reducing marine emissions and cutting shippers’ fuel costs at the same time,” Cook added.
Pilot LNG noted the facility infrastructure will be designed around floating liquefaction (FLNG) technology to be engineered, and constructed by Pilot partner, Wison Offshore & Marine.
Announcing the new project, Pilot LNG said that the Galveston Bay area ‘is an ideal location to add LNG bunkering infrastructure with over 10,500 deep-water vessel visits in 2019, over 133,000 tug/tow movements on the Houston Ship Channel, and the nation’s fourth busiest cruise terminal’.