LNG Sector Workforce Opportunities Prospering in Northeast Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- May 1, 2014
Northeast Florida is taking the lead in the natural gas industry to attract
and keep business in the area. Viewed as a viable player in this industry, the
region is building upon its status as an importer and exporter of liquefied
and compressed natural gas by cultivating its available, skilled workforce to
support this growing industry.
Natural gas is becoming one of the fastest-growing fuel sectors in the world.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports lead to economic growth and job
expansions, especially in states with strong shipping and cargo footprints
Northeast Florida is a perfect facilitation area for LNG and compressed
natural gas (CNG) from an export perspective and as a regional hub because the
region is a logistics and transportation center.
Significant developments are occurring in the area that will offer employment
opportunities. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. plans to build a terminal to supply
LNG to cargo ships in Jacksonville – the first of its type in the nation and
the first LNG facility on the Eastern Seaboard to supply LNG for the maritime,
trucking and rail industries.
Sea Star Line and Crowley, with operations out of JAXPORT, ordered liquefied
natural gas-powered cargo ships. Locally headquartered Crowley Maritime and
its Carib Energy division will supply containerized natural gas to two of
Coca-Cola’s manufacturing plants in Cayey and Cidra, Puerto Rico.
CSX, also headquartered in Jacksonville, is exploring LNG conversion by
partnering with GE Transportation on a test to outfit some diesel-powered
locomotives to give them the capability to run on LNG.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is looking at constructing a
compressed natural gas fueling station and plans to buy 100 natural
gas-powered buses over a five-year period.
Military veterans, especially those with fueling experience, are attractive
candidates for the LNG industry, as well as workers with mechanical expertise.
The region is well positioned to meet these talent needs. More than 3,000
retired military workers return to private work each year in Northeast Florida
and the area has a competent supply of experienced workers, providing a
diverse talent pool of skilled laborers.
“Northeast Florida is embracing opportunities and encouraging continual
development in the LNG industry; and has the desirable and proficient
workforce needed to sustain the natural gas and LNG sectors,” said Aaron
Bowman, JAXUSA Partnership Senior Vice President.
Ginny Walthour, 904-645-6200
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