Stabilis, Corpus Christi port in LNG bunkering move

Small-scale LNG firm Stabilis Solutions is joining forces with the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas to provide LNG as fuel in the port.

The duo said in a statement on Tuesday they signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate the use of LNG as a marine fuel at the port located on the western Gulf of Mexico.

Under the memorandum, the Port of Corpus Christi will provide suitable access to dock space for shore-to-ship LNG fueling operations.

On the other side, Stabilis will deploy its existing fleet of mobile cryogenic assets, including LNG transportation and distribution equipment, from its George West production plant in South Texas that produces more than 100,000 gallons of LNG per day.

Moreover, the Port of Corpus Christi and Stabilis hope to attract more LNG-capable vessels and to encourage the conversions to LNG power, they said.

“The Port of Corpus Christi and Stabilis have committed to providing extensive customer education and technical support as well as attracting capital, including grant funding opportunities designed to incentivize market development and viable customer solutions,” the statement said.

Worth mentioning here, the US port ended 2020 with record tonnage, mainly due to a surge in crude oil shipments but LNG volumes also increased.

The nation’s top oil exporting hub boosted oil shipments by 65 percent to 96.4 million tons, while the port saw a 26 percent increase in LNG shipments to 8.7 million tons.

LNG shipments increased as Cheniere ramped up production at its Corpus Christi liquefaction plant.

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