A Sheffield firm is supplying hi-tech valves for the first ship flying the US flag to be powered by eco-friendly liquefied natural gas.
Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group, is supplying cryogenic valves that are being fitted to five vessels operated by New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine.
The Sheffield firm’s Finnish partner, Wärtsilä Gas Power Systems, is installing the valves as part of its LNGPac fuel system, which will power the vessels used to tow drilling rigs and provide support for offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to operating at low temperatures, the valves also have to be able to withstand temperatures of up to 925C in the event of a fire.
Mark Henley, managing director of President Engineering, said: “It is very exciting to supply the first US flag vessel that will run primarily on LNG.
“Ship builders and owners are increasingly opting for fuel efficient LNG and this kind of vessel is a blueprint for the future of marine engineering.”
Bestobell Valves is a world-leader in the manufacture of LNG cryogenic valves, with over 50 years industrial gas experience.
The company has been supplying the LNG marine market for 15 years and clinched a strategic partnership deal in April with Wärtsilä Gas Power Systems, the global leader in gas power for the marine and energy markets.
Bestobell Valves has also recently supplied cryogenic valves to Wartsila GPS for two more offshore Ssupport vessels– one for Siem Offshore, which is being built at HellesØy Verft, Norway and the other project for RemØy Shipping, to be constructed at Kleven Maritime also in Norway.