Crowley Maritime Corp.’s petroleum distribution group has been granted approval by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Energy Board – Canada (NEB) to import Canadian-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) for supply, transportation and distribution throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.The renewable, two-year import and export licenses now allow the company to import up to 2.12 billion cubic feet (BCF) of LNG via truck in 10,700-gallon ISO tanks or in bulk via ocean-going vessels.
“This approval is an important step in expanding Crowley’s capability to provide LNG for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska markets, building on the company’s existing service offerings in the region,” said Crowley’s Matt Sievert, director of business development, LNG. “It’s exciting for many of our commercial and industrial customers because the availability of LNG has been very limited in the past, and it’s another opportunity for us to prove that we’re a total solutions provider in the energy and logistics industries.”
The company is now working to secure long-term, 25-year licenses with the DOE and NEB. At the same time, Crowley is actively monitoring the development of Alaska LNG supply projects, which would be a closer source to the Alaska interior markets.
View this video to learn more about Crowley's LNG business. From the sourcing and transportation, to the delivery into the equipment, the entire LNG supply chain will be seamless for Crowley’s industrial or commercial customers. The transportation from Canadian-based liquefaction facilities to customers’ storage units will be managed by Crowley’s logistics experts, coordinating over-the-road transportation and shipping via barge to Alaska. From there, Crowley’s Alaska distribution team will deliver LNG directly to customers’ facilities, where it can be re-gasified into pipeline natural gas for power generation, and mining, marine and industrial applications.
Similarly, in 2014, Crowley’s Carib Energy was granted a 20-year, small-scale U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) export license for the supply, transportation and distribution of LNG into Non-Free Trade Agreement (NTFA) countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The licensing permits Crowley to export 14.6 billion cubic feet (BCF) 0.04bcf/d of LNG – roughly the equivalent of 480,000 gallons – per day via 10,700-gallon ISO tanks to these regions.
Crowley, which has been serving Alaska for more than 60 years, currently operates 22 fuel terminals in western Alaska and the rail belt, with over 265 employees. The company continues to position itself as a leader in the Alaska fuel industry, providing transportation, distribution and sales of petroleum products to more than 280 communities across Alaska. Crowley also supports the energy industry on the North Slope with summer sealifts of large production modules and various marine transportation services. At the southern terminus of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, Crowley provides tanker escort and docking services in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System, utilizing some of the most technologically advanced and powerful tugboats in the world.