Harvey Gulf breaks ground for LNG fueling facility

FEBRUARY 14, 2014 — New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) reports the ground breaking for construction at its Port Fourchon, LA terminal of its $25 million Phase 1, Slip B, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fueling facility .

When operational later this year, the facility will be the first of its kind in the United States. The technologically-advanced, environmentally-safe, clean energy facility will be a significant addition to the growing national LNG supply infrastructure, supporting operations of both the oil and gas industry's offshore fleet as well as over-the-road vehicles operating on clean LNG.

"Today's milestone represents another significant step in the path for Harvey Gulf to establish itself as the nation's leader in utilizing LNG as a marine fuel," said CEO Shane Guidry. "HGIM is investing $350 million in the construction of an LNG-operated fleet. The dual fuel vessels and our LNG facility further expand HGIM's commitment to develop and utilize the safest, most environmentally-friendly vessels and fuel technology available today. This fleet and facility signify a strong partnership between the State of Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Harvey Gulf with a common goal of leading our nation down the path of clean energy use and strengthening America's future of energy independence

Harvey Gulf selected Lockheed Martin, Michoud Facility for the construction of the facility's LNG storage tanks further expanding on its participation in the dual fuel vessel construction program. HGIM contracted CH-IV International of Houston, TX as the FEED and EPC contractor and Matrix PDM Engineering of Pittsburgh, PA for detail design and engineering. Civil engineering services are being provided by Carubba Engineering of Metairie, LA.

The LNG facility will consist of two sites each having 270,000 gallons of LNG storage capacity. The LNG tanks will be of stainless steel, Type 'C' construction. Each facility will be able to transfer 500 gallons of LNG per minute.

Harvey Gulf says its LNG facility will generate 70 new full-time jobs and another 120 jobs to handle its Port Fourchon operations and fleet of LNG vessels.