Port Of Corpus Christi Signs Agreement For LNG Fueling Facility
The Port of Corpus Christi Authority said it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Stabilis Solutions Inc., a leading provider of energy transition services, including hydrogen and liquefied natural gas fueling solutions, to facilitate the use of LNG as a marine fuel at the Port of Corpus Christi.
LNG-powered vessels are becoming increasingly prominent among world fleets, the port said, as LNG fuel benefits port customers in both efficiency and emissions reductions compared to diesel combustion engines. Some of the vessels calling on the Port of Corpus Christi today are already LNG-compatible.
According to the MOU, the Port of Corpus Christi will provide access to dock space for shore-to-ship fueling operations, while Stabilis will deploy its existing fleet of mobile cryogenic assets (including LNG transportation and distribution equipment) from its LNG production plant in South Texas to support LNG fueling operations.
With this partnership and the increasing availability of LNG as a marine fuel at the Port of Corpus Christi, the port said, it hopes to attract more LNG-capable vessels and to encourage conversions to LNG power. The port and Stabilis have committed to providing customer education and technical support as well as attracting capital, including grant funding opportunities designed to incentivize market development and customer solutions.
“The Port of Corpus Christi Authority sees LNG fueling of marine vessels as an important step toward our broader commitment to decarbonization and improved air quality,” said Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi. “We have a strong commitment to protecting our air attainment status, so by offering LNG as an alternative to diesel as a marine fuel within our gateway, we are evolving our sustainability protocols by reducing mobile source emissions.”
“We are excited to partner with the Port of Corpus Christi on this opportunity,” said Jim Reddinger, president and CEO of Stabilis Solutions. “The use of LNG as a marine fuel is critical for marine operators to reduce their emissions profile, and Stabilis is uniquely positioned to provide this service to customers along the Gulf Coast and beyond. Meeting the requirements of the energy transition requires innovative solutions, and we are excited to be part of this journey with the Port of Corpus Christi and its partners.”