Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) services group has secured a multi-year contract to supply containerised LNG from the US to Molinos de Puerto Rico’s facility.

The contract includes both the supply and transportation of LNG and aims to help Molinos, the territory’s leading supplier of flour and wheat, bolster its environmental sustainability efforts as well as support the management of any potential weather-related power challenges that could affect the island of Puerto Rico.

Crowley’s domestic logistics team will coordinate the transportation of LNG via 40-foot ISO containers, each capable of carrying 10,000 gallons of LNG. The tanks will arrive at Crowley’s shipping terminal in Jacksonville, Florida, where they will be loaded onto company-owned vessels destined for Puerto Rico. Upon arrival, Crowley’s Puerto Rico-based logistics team will deliver the LNG to Molinos’ plant.

At the facility, the LNG will be re-gasified and used for power consumption.

We are committed to operating across our supply chain with innovative ideas that also deliver a more positive environmental impact

Jon Stuewe, President of Molinos de Puerto Rico

Greg Buffington, Vice-President of Crowley, signified, “Our teams have been working side by side with Molinos, the Caribbean arm of Ardent Mills, assisting with the engineering to utilise the natural gas and also the logistics necessary to accommodate LNG delivery to the Molinos plant.”

Jon Stuewe, President of Molinos de Puerto Rico, stated, “We appreciate the nearly two years of thoughtful care and planning that have gone into this effort. We appreciate the additional capabilities and assured ingredient supply made possible by this important alternative fuel source. We are committed to operating across our supply chain with innovative ideas that also deliver a more positive environmental impact.”

Molinos de Puerto Rico joins Coca-Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers and Club Caribe as the latest company to receive containerised LNG supply on the Caribbean island, where Crowley has effectively established a virtual natural gas pipeline from the US mainland. 

Financial details of the deal, which was executed through Crowley’s subsidiary, Carib Energy (USA) LLC, were not disclosed.