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Wärtsilä to supply control system for LNG fuelling facility

LNG Industry,

Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract for the control system for the Harvey Gulf shore-based LNG fuelling facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

The facility is owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine, and will be used to supply fuel to Harvey Gulf's fleet of LNG powered platform supply vessels (PSV). The onshore facility will be the first source of LNG fuel in the Gulf of Mexico. The order was placed in July 2014.

The Wärtsilä scope of supply comprises the control cabinets, the PLCs, computers, software programming and service commissioning. It is designed to enable the entire fuelling process to be fully controlled from the control room onboard the HARVEY ENERGY class platform supply vessels, thus making the fuelling far more efficient and safer. Delivery is scheduled for November 2014.


Commenting on the contract award, Joe Amyot, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Ship Power, 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.”

Artist rendering of the Harvey Gulf LNG fuelling facility.

The new fuelling facility will enable the refuelling of offshore supply vessels powered by LNG. It will also have the capability to provide a fuel source for LNG fuelled cargo ships operating in the Houston - New Orleans region.

Harvey Gulf currently has six LNG fuelled PSVs under construction, all of which will be powered by Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines. The vessels will also be installed with the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas storage and supply system.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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