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CLEAN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE Creating new markets for clean energy Learn More About Pilot HOME ABOUT ABOUT Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Pilot is an energy infrastructure company focused on the delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by developing and operating LNG terminals for bunkering, import, and export operations. At Pilot, we are commited to the belief that LNG is the path to a low-carbon future. In the interest of furthering that belief, we deliver best-in-class, environmentally responsible, and profitable liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. The company aims to establish terminal and logistics opportunities worldwide to meet the growing demand for natural gas. In the spirit of our namesake, a trusted and skillful pilot is imperative for energy organizations to navigate the ever-changing landscape. Fueled by market divergence and backed by skillful and strategic command, Pilot LNG delivers high-value outcomes. 9 13 Floating Storage & Regas Units Floating Regas Terminals 2 2 Land Based Regas Terminals Liquefaction Terminals PRIOR EXPERIENCE Pilot LNG was founded in 2019 by a team of experienced executives who have helped shape and continue to transform the LNG sector. Our executives have worked together for over a decade and have experience across the LNG value chain. Meet Our Team LNG EXPERTISE Bunker Terminals Export Terminals Import Terminals FSRUs PROJECTS PROJECTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT GALVESTON LNG BUNKER PORT Galveston, Texas (3 00,000 gpd) Galveston LNG Bunker Port is a small-scale LNG bunker terminal in development by Pilot to supply clean burning LNG to the rapidly expanding fleet of LNG-fueled vessels. With new international regulations mandating cleaner burning fuels for the marine industry starting in 2020 and the shipping industry’s drive to reduce carbon emissions, GLBP is ideally situated to supply the growing Galveston Bay Port Complex with marine bunker fuel. The project is supported by the financial strength of our partner Seapath Group . FUTURE PROJECT CORK LNG IMPORT TERMINAL Port of Cork, Ireland ( 3 MTPA) The Cork FSRU Import Terminal will be located in the Whitegate area of Cork Harbour, with a short pipeline lateral to Gas Networks Ireland’s main gas pipeline transmission system. The proposed terminal will provide a security of supply backstop for Ireland’s natural gas and energy needs. By design, the flexibility of an FSRU project can support and adapt to the nation's energy transition plans. Pilot has executed an agreement for the exclusive development of the terminal with the Port of Cork Company . FUTURE PROJECT SALINA CRUZ LNG EXPORT TERMINAL Oaxaca, Mexico (0.65 MTPA) Salina Cruz LNG is a mid-scale LNG liquefaction facility in development with GF International . The project is strategically located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the Port of Salina Cruz. The project's market focus is on LNG as a marine fuel for the Pacific West Coast, as far north as Southern California and south to the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. There is also optionality to utilize Salina Cruz for competitively priced, Henry Hub-linked exports to Asia as the project location avoids needing to transit the Panama Canal. TEAM MANAGEMENT TEAM JONATHAN COOK Chief Executive Officer Full Bio As a co-founder of Excelerate Energy in 2003, Jon served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Jon managed the development of Excelerate Energy’s portfolio of floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) projects, expanding the company’s fleet to nine (9) FSRUs and growing EBITDA to roughly $300 million. Jon was subsequently, CEO of FLEX LNG Ltd where he brought the company into operation with six LNG carriers and was responsible for raising over $500 million in capital for the acquisition of four newbuild LNG carriers. He also served as Chief Marketing Officer of TMS Cardiff Gas where he was responsible for the marketing of five LNG carriers. SHAUN DAVISON Chief Development Officer Full Bio Shaun has a proven track record originating successful LNG projects across the value chain including several FSRU projects while at Excelerate Energy and NextDecade. FSRU projects include Israel, Pakistan, Ireland, UK, Bangladesh, and Australia. LNG terminal/project development includes Cove Point, MD, Brownsville, TX, Texas City, TX, Port Lavaca, TX. Shaun has 25 years’ experience in the energy industry, with expertise in the natural gas value chain: pipelines, underground storage, US and global markets, LNG terminals, and LNG shipping. He also has proven abilities in strategic planning, project management, and business development. CHEYNE HERMES Senior Vice President Finance Full Bio As Pilot's senior finance professional, Cheyne is responsible for all of Pilot’s corporate finance, investor relations, accounting, and treasury functions. Cheyne has over a decade of experience in the energy and infrastructure industries and brings a unique perspective with his experience across many subsectors of the energy value chain. Prior to joining Pilot, Cheyne served in various financial management positions with BP, NextDecade Corp, Sanchez Energy, and Mesquite Energy. He has also held investment banking and special situation roles with Houlihan Lokey and M-III Partners. Cheyne completed a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University. NEWS PRESS RELEASES Seapath and Pilot LNG Joint Venture to Develop First Dedicated LNG Bunkering Facility in U.S. Gulf Coast 28 2023 Sep Resources RESOURCES Industry Links International Gas Union International Group of LNG Importers SEA-LNG International Maritime Organization Center for LNG Natural Gas Supply Association LNG 101 LNG offers tremendous benefits for consumers and the environment. It is versatile, cleaner-burning than many traditional alternatives once regasified, safe, and abundant. LNG can be made available for a variety of uses. LNG’s physical and chemical properties – including the fact that it will not ignite in its liquid state – make it safer than other commonly used hydrocarbons. Once regasified as natural gas, it emits less carbon dioxide than other fossil fuels. Additionally, the U.S. has an abundance of natural gas, making LNG affordable. Discover the many benefits and uses for LNG below. Power Shipping Bunkers bio-LNG e-LNG LNG Emissions Reductions vs. Traditional Fuels -99% Particulate Matter Reduction -9 9% Sulphur Oxides Reduction -90 % Nitrogen Oxides Reduction -25% Greenhouse Gas Reduction CONTACT CONTACT PILOT LNG Our Address Pilot LNG LLC 700 Milam Street, Suite 1300, Houston, Texas 77002 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form: Choose an option First Name Last Name Email Message Send Thank you.
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Seapath and Pilot LNG Joint Venture to Develop First Dedicated LNG Bunkering Facility in U.S. Gulf Coast JV will develop, construct, and operate a terminal in the Galveston Bay area supporting LNG-powered vessels, vital to strengthening U.S. maritime industry and ongoing decarbonization efforts. September 28, 2023 -- HOUSTON, TX Seapath, a maritime subsidiary of Libra Group, and Pilot LNG, LLC (Pilot), a Houston-based clean energy solutions company, today announced that they have formed a joint venture (JV) to develop, construct, and operate the first dedicated liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facility in the Galveston Bay area. With operations beginning in mid-2026, the construction of the new facility will provide fuel for LNG-powered vessels. With an initial investment of approximately $150 million, Pilot and Seapath’s LNG bunkering facility will use their combined expertise to serve the needs of a vital global and U.S. trade corridor. According to the Greater Houston Partnership, the Greater Houston waterways generated over $906 billion in economic value to the U.S. in 2022. The Greater Houston area was named the top U.S. port by tonnage in a 2023 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Led by LNG industry veterans with extensive experience on the terminal and marine side, Pilot aims to deliver LNG to new and existing markets across the U.S., including fuel/bunkering terminals and related infrastructure. This is the first in a series of planned strategic investments by Seapath and Pilot to create a network of LNG facilities in areas of unmet need in the U.S. “Seapath is dedicated to investing across the marine infrastructure space and will provide strong financial backing to Pilot’s LNG bunker projects,” said Jonathan Cook, CEO of Pilot. “We look forward to working with Seapath in delivering this facility in a timely manner based on the extensive development work already completed. This project will meet the significant needs for LNG fuel, which also supports ongoing decarbonization across the marine industry.” A U.S. company led by Merchant Mariners and former service members, Seapath was formed responding to the need for critical investments in the U.S. maritime economy. While LNG bunkering infrastructure has been developing overseas, U.S. infrastructure supporting its uptake has been slower. In addition to this facility, the company plans to invest strategically in innovative projects within maritime industrial facilities and U.S. Jones Act vessels. “The infrastructure under development will provide LNG to a growing market seeking cleaner marine fuel, particularly as customers look for economical ways to comply with tightening emissions regulations, including regulations set by the IMO in 2020,” said Seapath CEO Greg Otto. “We are pleased to be working with a first-class team in Pilot and with some of the leading ports in the United States to bring this critical LNG bunkering infrastructure to the Gulf Coast region where there is high demand for it. Thanks to our valuable partnership with Pilot, we look forward to developing more of these much-needed facilities in ports across the United States.” As the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has advanced its global strategy for maritime decarbonization, LNG has emerged as a cleaner, more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional marine fuels. It has the potential to significantly reduce vessel emissions, including cutting nitrogen oxide emissions by 80-90% and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% over heavy fuel oil. LNG’s unique physical and chemical properties, including its inability to ignite in liquid form, make it a safer alternative to traditional marine fuels. According to Clarkson Research, alternative fuel-powered vessels were approximately 60 percent of all new vessels ordered since 2022. Of these orders, roughly 80 percent are vessels powered by LNG, including by major cruise lines and operators of container vessels. Seapath is one of three maritime subsidiaries of Libra Group, a privately owned business group whose subsidiaries own and operate assets in nearly 60 countries with six business sectors, including maritime and renewable energy. Libra’s other maritime holdings include Lomar Shipping, a global shipping company with a fleet of more than 40 vessels, and Americraft Marine, which owns and operates a Jones Act Shipyard in Palatka, Florida that constructs crew transfer vessels to service the growing offshore-wind industry and traditiona l inland-marine assets such as tugboats and barges. “Libra Group is committed to advancing innovation across our sectors, from maritime, to aerospace, to renewable energy and more. As a global organization, we will harness insights from across our network to bolster the uptake of more sustainable technologies to advance our sectors while identifying potential applications across our other sectors,” said Manos Kouligkas, CEO of Libra Group. “Adoption of more sustainable fuels is critical to future-proofing our industries against a rapidly changing ecosystem. We will continue to support the transition to greener energy solutions, and we look forward to following Seapath’s work to evolve the U.S. maritime industrial sector.” Pilot and Seapath plan to continue their ongoing front-end engineering and design development for their projects in the third and fourth quarters of 2023 to file applications with the necessary federal and state agencies to permit, site, construct, and operate the small-scale LNG terminal for marine fuel. Pilot and Seapath anticipate announcing the Final Investment Decision (FID) details of their project by the second half of 2024. ### About Pilot LNG, LLC Pilot LNG is a clean energy solutions company focused on delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) to new and existing markets by developing and operating LNG import and LNG fuel/bunkering terminals and related infrastructure. The company aims to establish LNG terminal and logistics opportunities worldwide to meet growing natural gas demand by supplying clean-burning LNG to the rapidly expanding fleet of LNG-fuel vessels. For more, visit: www.pilotlng.com . Contact: media@pil otlng.com About Seapath Seapath ( www.seapathgroup.com ) is dedicated to advancing America’s infrastructure and competitiveness. Seapath focuses on maritime industrial technology, port real estate, Jones Act vessels, and broader areas of maritime need. Seapath partners with key stakeholders to modernize critical infrastructure and advance projects driving the nation’s economic resilience and industrial competitiveness forward. Seapath is a maritime subsidiary of Libra Group, a U.S.-headquartered privately owned global business group whose subsidiaries own and operate assets in nearly 60 countries. Contact: email@example.com About Libra Group Libra Group is a privately owned, global business group that encompasses 30 operating entities: 20 businesses predominately focused on aerospace, renewable energy, maritime, real estate, hospitality, and diversified investments, as well as 10 philanthropic initiatives housed within Libra Philanthropies. With assets and operations in nearly 60 countries, the Group applies the strength of its global network and capabilities to deliver cross-sector insights and growth at scale. Libra Philanthropies is an independent foundation that creates, supports and scales philanthropic initiatives that aim to shape the future of individuals, communities, and generations for the better. For more information, visit www.libra.com .
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TRUSTED PARTNERS LNG 101 LNG 101 LNG offers tremendous benefits for consumers and the environment. It is versatile, cleaner-burning than many traditional alternatives once regasified, safe, and abundant. LNG can be made available for a variety of uses. LNG’s physical and chemical properties – including the fact that it will not ignite in its liquid state – make it safer than other commonly used hydrocarbons. Once regasified as natural gas, it emits less carbon dioxide than other fossil fuels. Additionally, the U.S. has an abundance of natural gas, making LNG affordable. Discover the many benefits and uses for LNG below. Power Read more When used for electricity generation, LNG (natural gas) produces less than half the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of traditional coal. Compared to coal, natural gas emits signifantly lower levels of other air pollutants such as sulfur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and particulate matter (PM). LNG and natural gas have historically been very reliable fuel sources and offer "on-demand" power generation, unlike many renewable options that currently suffer from storage limits. Advocates for a 100% renewable approach often argue that the benefits of switching to LNG are completely negated by upstream "methane leak" since LNG is mostly methane. This concept has been disproven by mutliple studies. Nonetheless, methane leak is a real issue that the industry can and is actively adressing. Electricity generation is not the only use case for LNG . Shipping Read more On the marine side, new emissions standards from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Emission Control Areas (ECAs), and the low cost of natural gas compared to conventional fuels, have encouraged the use of LNG as a marine fuel by the shipping industry in recent years. In regards to emissions, LNG is superior to tradional marine fuels like marine gasoil (MGO), again emitting far less CO2, SOx, NOx, and PM. The growth of LNG as a marine fuel is expected to continue significantly. bio-LNG Read more In the coming years, bio-LNG will be another bright spot for the LNG industry and its path towards a lower carbon future. Bio-LNG is produced from completely renewable resources, such as organic and industrial waste. Given that bio-LNG has nearly identical chemical properties to traditional LNG, its is an ideal alternative as a "drop-in-fuel" because LNG-fueled facilties and fleets require little modifications to convert to bio-LNG use. Most importantly, the recycling of the organic and industrial waste feedstock reduces greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 70% and 80%, respectively. Since bio-LNG production captures and reuses carbon it has netural to negative carbon emissions, depending on the feedstock. e-LNG Read more While still in the early phases of feasibility testing, our industry is also shifting attention to synthetic natural gas as a fuel source. E-LNG is produced by electrolyzing water with renewable power to produce hydrogen. This hydrogen is then combined with non-fossil fuel carbon dioxide to create the final product - synethic methane. This synethic methane is interchangeable with infrastructure and engines that currently utilize natural gas or biogas and their liquified forms. E-LNG has zero emissions and a significant head start on alternative fuels, like ammonia and methanol, given the established supply chain and infrastructure for natural gas and LNG that is already in place today.