LNG Bunker Barge Completes Trials
Harvey Gulf announced the successful completion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) trials for the Conrad-built 2,200 cubic meter bunkering barge, Clean Jacksonville, using Harvey Gulf’s LNG Bunkering Facility in Port Fourchon, La.
The box shaped barge arrived 15 days ago to the Harvey Gulf LNG terminal where Harvey’s LNG staff developed terminal specific procedures for review and approval by USCG. These procedures outlined the safe and efficient means of loading and receiving LNG for the trials on the bunker barge. Harvey Gulf personnel also worked with Conrad on the operational procedural review and submission to local USCG in Houma in a joint effort to ensure procedural alignment between both terminal and the barge.
Throughout the process, Harvey loaded approximately 220,000 gallons of LNG onto the Barge without any incidents.
On August 11, 2018, during the conclusion of the test and trials, Harvey Gulf successfully received approx. 142,000 gallons of LNG into the three shore-side storage tanks. This allowed the barge to simulate a bunkering operation at multiple transfer rates and pressures.
Harvey Gulf CEO, Shane Guidry, said, “My LNG team, under our executive management’s supervision, has once again successfully reached another milestone in the LNG supply chain. I thank all Harvey staff for their willingness to embrace my decision to move Harvey into the LNG service business, thus taking our industry into the future, years ahead of our competitors.”
Guidry continued, “I also thank the United States Coast Guard for working with my staff to successfully complete the gas trials of America’s first LNG Offshore Supply Vessel, the Harvey Energy, America’s first LNG Marine fueling terminal, Harvey LNG Fuels, and, now, Harvey Gulf’s first successful gas trial of a third party’s LNG bunkering barge, all without incident since we began this LNG journey in 2011.”
The trials were coordinated and managed by Harvey. Involved in the project were 90 persons from companies and regulatory parties, including Conrad Shipyard, GTT, GAS Entec, ABS, USCG and NCOE for LNG, Zeeco.