Harvey Gulf to build first US LNG bunkering facility

Harvey Gulf International Marine plans to construct and operate the first LNG marine fueling facility in the U.S.

The new bunkering facility in Port Fourchon, La. The fueling facility will be a vital addition to the growing national LNG supply infrastructure, supporting critical operations of the oil and gas industry’s offshore support vessel fleet operating on clean burning LNG.

Shane Guidry, CEO of the New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf, said his company is the only one in North America that has committed $400 million to build, own and operate LNG-powered offshore support vessels as well as two LNG fueling docks. “It is clear that Harvey Gulf’s entire organization is committed to do its part to help reduce our impact on the environment,” Guidry said in a statement.

To support the development of the LNG fueling facility, Harvey Gulf has contracted CH·IV International, Houston. The facility will consist of two sites that each will have 270,000 gals. of LNG storage capacity. The tanks will be stainless steel Type ‘C’ pressure vessels with vacuum insulation and carbon steel exteriors. Each facility will be able to transfer 500 gals. of LNG per minute. The new facility will also be capable of supporting over-the-road vehicles that operate on LNG. It’s estimated that the first site will be completed in February 2014. The Coast Guard will participate in all levels of the development of this facility.

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