Monkey Island LNG has launched a plan to offer LNG bunkers out of a new facility to be built on its Louisiana site on the Calcasieu Ship Channel two miles inland from the US Gulf.

The company said its new terminal project, which was announced at the 11th LNG Bunkering & Future Fuel Global Summit 2024 in Amsterdam, will be able to supply 325,000 tonnes per annum of LNG.

It plans to begin LNG deliveries in 2028.

The company has signed up with Galileo Technologies, CH-IV and McDermott as the engineering companies and consultants for its planned modular-based liquefaction facility.

Monkey Island LNG officials told TradeWinds that the intention is to build its own 8,000-cbm Jones Act LNG bunker vessel that could deliver its supply to vessels in the region. The expectation is that this could supply 110 deliveries per year.

Discussions are underway with partners on this but the decision on the bunker vessel will ultimately depend on customer requirements.

The facility will use pipeline gas to produce LNG.

The company said the water frontage on the 246-acre Monkey Island site — which is a genuine island — would give the company the option of branching out into the supply of other fuels.

Local permitting would be needed for the facility.

Monkey Island LNG officials said the company has the land and has been looking at low-carbon solutions to utilise it.

The company sees the biggest supply gap in the region as marine fuelling with too many deliveries of LNG being made by truck and said the market will need multiple facilities like its planned terminal.

Houston-headquartered Monkey Island LNG, headed by chairman and chief executive Greg Michaels, was originally planning to build a three-train, 15.75 million tonnes per annum liquefaction facility on the site.