Alpha Process Controls (APC), part of the GT Group, has announced that it has expanded its manufacturing and testing facilities to increase capacity for production of its LNG marine emergency release couplings (ERC), which are used during ship-to-ship/ship-to-shore (STS) LNG Bunkering.
APC said that it has increased its production capabilities in light of recent contract wins in Europe and South America.
The new facilities include a cryogenic testing area and training facilities for industry engineers and technicians.
The Cryogenic Testing Area forms part of APC’s product testing capabilities and will also be utilised for future innovations and product development.
The production facilities sit alongside APC’s existing in-house test centre, which supports the manufacture and factory acceptance testing of the ERC couplings.
The test centre utilises a pressurised water system, which is calibrated to supply water at a comparable rate to LNG during STS transfer, to ensure couplings deliver optimum performance and meet stringent industry standards.
In addition to testing new couplings, the test centre also hosts the overhaul, retesting and re-commissioning of units that have already been in operation.
John Lamb, Managing Director of APC, said: “The expansion of our facilities is in direct response to the growing interest in our portfolio of marine couplings, particularly from the LNG sector. The innovation we have brought to the market, which is built on extensive experience and rigorous research and development, delivers significant operational and safety benefits, which are key focuses for our customers.
“The expanded capacity of our facilities in North East England, which are operated by a team of skilled and experienced engineers, will enable the business to increase its presence in the market and provide a more comprehensive manufacturing, product testing and technician training operation for the marine industry.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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