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Governor and cabinet approve LNG facility in Jacksonville

The Asia Vision LNG carrier ship sits docked at the Cheniere Energy Inc. terminal in this aerial photograph taken over Sabine Pass, Texas, in 2016.
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The Asia Vision LNG carrier ship sits docked at the Cheniere Energy Inc. terminal in this aerial photograph taken over Sabine Pass, Texas, in 2016.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal aimed at building a liquefied natural gas facility in Jacksonville.

Eagle LNG Partners LLC plans to build the facility along the St. Johns River to produce and ship liquefied natural gas, or LNG.

The company needed Cabinet approval of a lease for what are known as “sovereign submerged lands” controlled by the state; an easement related to a docking facility; and dredging.

DeSantis and the Cabinet unanimously approved the proposal, which included the company paying $784,290 to the state. State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said it will be a “big deal” to have liquefied natural-gas exports out of Jacksonville. “That’s a real exciting project,” Patronis said.

The Eagle LNG website said the facility is planned to serve customers in the United States and Caribbean.

“Here, Eagle LNG will receive natural gas — transported by a local utility through existing and expanded pipelines located adjacent to the site — liquefy and temporarily store the LNG (liquefied natural gas), and periodically load LNG onto oceangoing vessels for export to countries currently using heavy fuel oil or diesel for power generation, as well as for use in domestic marine fueling.”