Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver the control system for a shore-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelling facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, US, which is owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine.
The facility will be the first source of LNG fuel in the Gulf of Mexico and will be used to supply fuel to the company’s fleet of LNG-powered platform supply vessels (PSV).
As part of the contract, Wärtsilä will supply the control cabinets, the PLCs, computers, software programming and service commissioning to the company.
This will enable the entire fuelling process to be managed from a control room in the platform vessels and to make the process safer and more efficient.
Wärtsilä ship power sales director Joe Amyot said: "The Harvey Gulf PSVs are to be fitted with the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas control system, so it was natural that the same basic technology should also be used for the shore fuelling facility.
"There is a growing need for an LNG fuelling infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico, so this represents an important step forward.
"Both Harvey Gulf and Wärtsilä are fully committed to promoting environmentally sustainable operations, and by facilitating the use of LNG as a marine fuel, this philosophy is clearly enhanced."
The LNG-powered offshore supply vessels will be easily refuelled, due to the setting-up of this new facility. Cargo ships operating in the Houston – New Orleans region will also be able to use the facility as their fuel source.
Close to six LNG fuelled PSVs are currently under construction for Harvey Gulf. All the vessels will be powered by Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines.
Wärtsilä will also provide the company with other equipments like the LNGPac gas storage and supply system. The company also powers two diesel-electric construction vessels for the company.
Image: An artist’s rendering of the Harvey Gulf LNG fuelling facility. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.