Wärtsilä announced today the company has signed a long-term technical management agreement with Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC. Wärtsilä noted the five-year agreement was signed in August 2014 and it covers condition based maintenance and dynamic maintenance planning for eight new offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels, six liquefied natural gas fuelled platform supply vessels and two offshore construction vessels powered by diesel fuel.
Wärtsilä stated the greement ensures ideal running conditions and optimized maintenance for Harvey Gulf's new vessels. Technical management is based on continuous condition monitoring data and periodical inspections. The agreement also includes Online Remote Operational Support, which enables Wärtsilä to support vessels in real time, without the need for engineers to travel to the vessels.
"We are very pleased to expand our partnership with Harvey Gulf. This agreement reaffirms their commitment to the offshore oil and gas business in the Gulf of Mexico by adding safe and environmentally sustainable LNG fuelled vessels to their modern fleet. With this extended partnership, we will enable the safe and reliable operation of their offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels throughout their lifecycle," says Walter Reggente, Service Director of Wärtsilä North America.
Above: Harvey Gulf's LNG fuelled Platform Supply Vessel
Skangass announced today the government of Sweeden granted Skangass permission to build and operate a new LNG terminal within the harbor in Gävle, Sweden. Skangass said the company plans to make a final investment decision in the spring of 2015.
Skangass noted they have permission for a storing capacity of 30 000 m3 LNG and a handling of up to 500 000 tonnes LNG each year.
According to Skangass the planned LNG terminal is an important part of the expansion of LNG infrastructure in Sweden and the Baltic Sea. The environmental advantages of using LNG instead of oil based fuel within shipping, industry and heavy transportation will be substantial according to Skangass.
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a study this month that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. This study was conducted as a part of MARAD’s Maritime Environmental & Technology Assistance program, which focuses efforts on emerging marine transportation and environmental issues.
Results of the study showed that the use of natural gas as a propulsion fuel can reduce air quality pollutants and reduce major greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional fuels. The information provided by this study is important as marine transportation stakeholders evaluate the use of natural gas as an alternative propulsion fuel for reducing air polluting emissions. The research was conducted through a cooperative partnership with the Maritime Administration, the University of Delaware and The Rochester Institute of Technology. The study in PDF format can be viewed on the MARAD website here.
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. announced plans yesterday for Hawaii's energy future that will lower electric bills and give customers more service options.
One of the options announced is a switch from high-priced oil to lower cost liquefied natural gas. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. noted energy needs not met by renewables will largely be met with cleaner and less expensive liquefied natural gas. Most existing oil-fired generating units will be converted to run on LNG. Older generating units will be deactivated by 2030 as new, more-efficient, quick-starting LNG fueled generators come online.
Hawaii's energy environment is changing more rapidly than anywhere else in the country. Currently, in Hawaii, more than 18 percent of the electricity used by customers comes from renewable resources, ahead of the state goal of 15 percent by 2015.
"This plan sets us on a path to a future with more affordable, clean, renewable energy," said Dick Rosenblum, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO. "It's the start of a conversation that all of us – utilities, regulators and other policymakers, the solar industry, customers and other stakeholders – need to be a part of, as we work together to achieve the energy future we all want for Hawaii."
LNG America announced today it has selected Taylor-Wharton to begin the front-end engineering and design work for the cryogenic topside of the company’s planned 3,000 cubic meter Gemini Class LNG bunker barge scheduled for delivery at the end of 2015.
LNG America noted the LNG bunker vessels will provide a critical building block in the bridge between the natural gas industry and the global marine industry, and will allow the ship owners and charter parties to receive LNG as a bunker fuel in the same way they receive oil today. “Taylor-Wharton has been actively engaged in the development process and instrumental in helping to develop the critical path time line for a late 2015 in-service date,” said Keith Meyer, CEO of LNG America.
LNG America has previously announced Jensen Maritime as the naval architect for the project and ABS as its class society.
“We are looking forward to working with LNG America on North America’s first LNG bunker barges. Taylor-Wharton is uniquely suited to provide LNG America the cryogenic expertise for this first LNG bunker barge. Our capability to engineer these types of systems as well as to fabricate large LNG tanks makes us an ideal choice,” said Eric Rottier, CEO of Taylor-Wharton.
Kenworth Truck Company announced yesterday it is adding a natural gas option for the Kenworth T880, the company's flagship vocational truck. The Kenworth T880 day cab and 52-inch mid-roof sleeper configurations now can be specified with the factory-installed Cummins Westport ISX12 G 400-hp natural gas engine with 1,450 lb-ft of torque.
Kenworth noted the natural gas option is ideal for Kenworth T880 dump trucks, mixer, refuse, pickup and delivery vehicles, and other applications operating with up to a maximum of 80,000-lb. gross combined vehicle weight.
The Cummins Westport ISX12 G can run on either CNG or LNG fuel systems. The engine uses a maintenance-free, three-way catalyst and does not require a diesel exhaust fluid tank, diesel particulate filter or selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. Kenworth works with such companies as Agility Fuel Systems, Trilogy Engineered Solutions, and McNeilus to provide natural gas tanks and fueling systems.
"Kenworth continually expands our product offerings to meet customer needs and requirements," said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. "The new, natural-gas powered Kenworth T880 especially appeals to vocational fleets and truck operators interested in the T880's excellent durability, reliability and driver comfort combined with cost-efficient natural gas."
The Kenworth T880 entered full production at late 2013.
Above: Kenworth T880 Image Source: Kenworth Truck Company
Wärtsilä announced today it has been awarded the contract for the control system for a shore-based LNG fuelling facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The facility is owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine headquartered in New Orleans. It will be used to supply fuel to Harvey Gulf’s fleet of LNG powered platform supply vessels and will be the first source of LNG fuel in the Gulf of Mexico. The order was placed in July, 2014.
Wärtsilä noted the scope of supply comprises the control cabinets, the PLCs, computers, software programming and service commissioning. According to Wärtsilä 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 and will make fuelling more efficient and safer than would be otherwise possible. Delivery is scheduled for November, 2014.
“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,” says Joe Amyot, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Ship Power.
The new fuelling facility will enable the refueling 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 have various other Wärtsilä equipment onboard, including the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas storage and supply system.
Above: Artist rendering of the Harvey Gulf LNG fuelling facility
Wellgreen Platinum Ltd., a Canadian mining exploration & development company, announced today a Memorandum of Understanding agreement with Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. The agreement supports the delivery of LNG to power Wellgreen's PGM-Nickel-Copper mining project. The site is located in the southwest region of the Yukon, and could be the first mining project in Canada powered by LNG.
In signing the MOU, both companies have agreed to work with other Yukon businesses, communities and First Nations to explore additional clean fuel opportunities, and will assess the need for an LNG plant in proximity to Wellgreen's mine. The expectation being LNG would reduce transport cost and make the fuel even more readily available to other mining and power projects in the region.
Wellgreen Platinum's President & CEO, Greg Johnson, stated, "This clean energy project is a natural fit for Wellgreen and gives us a second source of cost-effective and clean energy that can meet the energy needs and timelines of the project.”
Ferus NGF is jointly building two LNG liquefaction facilities with ENN Canada in Alberta and British Columbia.
"Ferus NGF is committed to building the required LNG infrastructure across Canada and the United States to supply this proven alternative fuel for remote power generation and to high horsepower markets," said Dick Brown, CEO of Ferus NGF.
Blu. in partnership with Intermountain Gas Company, today announced the launch of a gas recapture system at the Blu. LNG fueling station in Nampa, Idaho.
According to a Blu. statement the system captures boil-off gas from the LNG storage tank and returns it to the Intermountain natural gas pipeline, which eliminates the venting of excess LNG into the atmosphere.
“Blu. continues to lead the nation with innovative LNG fueling solutions,” Blu. CEO Merritt Norton said. “By returning excess gas to the natural gas distribution system, we are increasing efficiency, saving money, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
With this gas recapture system, boil-off LNG is released from the LNG tank into a pressure regulator, then warmed and returned to gas form. A chemical odorant is added for safety and consistency purposes, and then the gas is pressurized to match the pressure of the natural gas pipeline and injected into the pipeline. Prior to passing into the pipeline, the gas is metered, and the vented gas is sold to Intermountain at a commoditized rate.
The recapture system requires a minimal investment up front and is estimated to pay for itself within a year. Blu. noted the company has plans to install gas recapture systems at other Idaho facilities, including Jerome and Idaho Falls, and eventually at all of its fueling stations that have access to a nearby natural gas pipeline and cooperation from the local gas utility.
Liquiline and Fjord Line announced today the two companies have entered into a contract for the construction of a dedicated LNG ship bunkering terminal in Denmark. The terminal will be constructed at the Port of Hirtshals, where Fjord Line on a daily basis arrives with one of its two LNG-fuelled cruise ferries MS Stavangerfjord and MS Bergensfjord. This will be the first LNG ship bunkering terminal in Denmark.
The terminal will have an on-site storage tank with a gross volume of 500m3 and a bunkering solution having a bunkering capacity of up to 400m3 of LNG per hour. According to a joint statement this design will enable Fjord Line to bunker its ships within two hours, which is the time that the cruise ferries are docked to the port. The ship bunkering terminal is expected to be operational in Q42014.
The two cruise ferries each have a capacity of 1,500 passengers and 600 cars, trucks and cargo. They are fitted with Rolls-Royce Marine gas engines. MS Stavangerfjord was commissioned and set in operation in July 2013. MS Bergensfjord was commissioned and set in operation in March 2014.
Dag Lilletvedt, CEO of Liquiline Group said, “We are very pleased with this agreement with Fjord Line, since it is based on our new LNG ship bunkering terminal design. In Fjord Line we get a strong and innovative industrial partner, being in the forefront of using LNG as bunker fuel in their new cruise ferries”.
Liquiline and Fjord Line to establish LNG bunkering terminal at Port of Hirtshals: Photo courtesy: Fjord Line AS