Wärtsilä control system for US facility

The Harvey Gulf fuelling facility will be the first source of LNG in the Gulf of Mexico The Harvey Gulf fuelling facility will be the first source of LNG in the Gulf of Mexico

Wärtsilä is to supply a control system for a shore-based LNG fuelling facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, USA, owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine.

Under the contract, Wärtsilä will supply control cabinets, PLCs, computers, software programming and service commissioning for Harvey’s six LNG-fuelled platform supply vessels (PSVs), which are currently under construction. They will be powered by Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines and will feature the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas storage and supply system.

“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,” said Joe Amyot, sales, director, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

The control system is designed to enable the entire fuelling process to be fully controlled from the control room onboard the Harvey Energy class PSVs, which Wärtsilä says makes the fuelling more efficient and safer than would be otherwise possible.

Harvey’s 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 and will be the first source of LNG fuel in the Gulf of Mexico.

“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,” added Mr Amyot.  

Delivery of the control system is scheduled for November 2014.

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