Steps Up Production of Hardware to Facilitate STS Bunkering
Britain’s Alpha Process Controls, a unit of the GT Group, says it’s getting ready to supply marine liquefied natural gas ERC/emergency release couplings for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore LNG bunkering – procedures known as STS.
The firm has “expanded its manufacturing and testing facilities to increase capacity for production,” states a release.
“Having secured projects from tier 1 operators across Europe and South America, APC has increased its production capabilities to cater for its contract wins and future needs of the evolving industry and as LNG is used more as a marine fuel,” the announcement says.
Extreme Low-Temperature Testing
APC cites “a significant investment,” including a new cryogenic testing area and training facilities for industry engineers and technicians.
The cryogenic testing area includes a 2,000-liter liquid nitrogen storage facility, enabling APC to ensure its ERC couplings are tested to temperatures of minus 196 degrees centigrade, “much lower than the typical bunkering temperatures during LNG STS transfers.”
APC manufactures onshore vehicle-based breakaway and dry break couplings and loading arms. The company says it has created the new family of marine ERC couplings for the transfer of LNG, hazardous chemicals, cryogenic liquids and numerous other gases.
The test center utilizes a pressurized water system calibrated to supply water at a comparable rate to LNG during ship-to-ship transfer, “to ensure couplings deliver optimum performance and meet stringent industry standards.”
The APC center also handles overhaul, retesting and re-commissioning of units that have already been in operation.
‘Direct Response to the Growing Interest’
“The expansion of our facilities is in direct response to the growing interest in our portfolio of marine couplings, particularly from the LNG sector,” APC managing director John Lamb says in the company announcement.
“The innovation we have brought to the market, which is built on extensive experience and rigorous research and development, delivers significant operational and safety benefits, which are key focuses for our customers,” he said.
Lamb promises “a more comprehensive manufacturing, product testing and technician training operation for the marine industry.”Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
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