Arroyo in US LNG bunkering move

Houston-based Arroyo Investors said it had closed an investment in Seaside LNG, which owns the LNG bunkering barge, Clean Canaveral, and a stake in the JAX LNG production facility in Jacksonville, Florida.

According to a statement by Arroyo, the investment manager focused on power and energy infrastructure assets recently closed the investment in Seaside LNG and its affiliated entities.

Arroyo did not provide any additional information regarding the deal.

Seaside LNG has a 50 percent interest in the small-scale facility JAX LNG with a capacity of 360,000 gallons per day.

In addition, Seaside owns the 5,400-cbm LNG bunkering barge, Clean Canaveral, and tug Polaris through Polaris New Energy.

Polaris New Energy’s articulated tug and barge unit completed its first LNG bunkering operation in March last year in Jacksonville.

The barge sources fuel from Jax LNG, where Pivotal LNG also has a 50 percent stake.

US-based Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is also building the second LNG bunkering barge for Seaside LNG.

Brandon Wax, managing director at Arroyo, said in the statement that the company believes this investment represents a “differentiated opportunity” for Arroyo.

With this move, Arroyo will own and operate infrastructure assets that are “strategically positioned to help facilitate the global marine industry’s transition from traditional heavy fuel to cleaner LNG, in compliance with IMO 2020,” he said.

Wax added that, as an economic and “environmentally friendly” fuel supply alternative, Arroyo believes LNG is a “key component” in the transformation of the energy landscape.

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