Facility for LNG Bunker Is to Serve Trucks as Well
It’s primarily for fueling the nation’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled ships, but a new installation by Harvey Gulf International Marine at Port Fourchon, La. is intended to support LNG trucks too.
Harvey Gulf broke ground earlier this month for its $25 million Phase 1 LNG facility, said to be “the first of its kind in the United States” and “a vital addition to the growing national LNG supply infrastructure, supporting critical operations of the oil and gas industry’s offshore fleet as well as over-the-road vehicles operating on clean LNG.”
“Today’s milestone represents another significant step in the path for Harvey Gulf to establish itself as the nation’s leader in utilizing LNG as a marine fuel,” CEO Shane Guidry said in a release.
First of Six LNG Ships Launched in Late January
Harvey Gulf is investing $350 million in an LNG-operated fleet, he said. The first of at least six LNG-diesel dual fuel OSVs – offshore supply vessels – was launched in Mississippi late in January. The Harvey Energy is to enter charter service with Shell as soon as next month.
“This fleet and facility signify a strong partnership between the State of Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Harvey Gulf with a common goal of leading our nation down the path of clean energy use and strengthening America’s future of energy independence,” Guidry said.
Harvey Energy will be the first-ever U.S. flag vessel to operate primarily on LNG.
CH-IV, Matrix PDM, Carubba Engineering
Harvey has tapped Lockheed Martin for the facility’s Type C stainless steel LNG tanks, “further expanding on their participation in the dual fuel vessel construction program” – Lockheed has also stepped in as a supplier of fuel tanks for Harvey’s LNG fueled offshore supply vessel fleet.
Also participating at Port Fourchon are Houston’s CH-IV International as FEED and EPC (front end engineering deign and engineering procurement construction) contractor, and Matrix PDM Engineering of Pittsburgh for detail design and engineering. Civil engineering services are being provided by Carubba Engineering of Metairie, La., Harvey says.
The Port Fourchon LNG facility will consist of two sites, each having 270,000 gallons of LNG storage capacity divided between three tanks.
Each site will be able to transfer 500 gallons of LNG per minute.
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Source: Harvey Gulf International Marine with Fleets & Fuels follow-up