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Pivotal LNG providing renewable LNG to world’s first carbon-neutral platform supply vessel

28 Mar 2022

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility owner and operator Pivotal LNG on Monday (21 March) said it recently completed the first delivery of Renewable Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) to Harvey Gulf International Marine’s Carbon-Neutral Platform Supply Vessel (PSV).

The tri-fuel vessel operates exclusively on LNG and battery power, with diesel fuel as a backup, making it the first carbon-neutral PSV worldwide.

“Pivotal LNG is always looking for innovative ways that our product can help transform our nation’s energy landscape,” said Roger Williams, VP Commercial LNG and Gas Development at BHE GT&S, the parent company of Pivotal LNG.

“We are pleased that we could partner with Harvey Gulf and Element Markets to effectuate this delivery, contributing to reducing carbon emissions and a cleaner environment.”

The RLNG delivered to the PSV utilises negative-carbon-intensity biomethane sourced from swine waste supplied by Element Markets.

The LNG was sourced at Pivotal LNG’s production facility located in Trussville, Alabama. Pivotal LNG has the same RLNG delivery capability from JAX LNG, its facility in Jacksonville, Florida, and its LNG facility in Towanda, Pennsylvania.

Renewable natural gas (RNG) is compatible with existing natural gas infrastructure, providing a practical and replicable source of energy that mitigates carbon emissions.

RLNG is a pathway to net zero emissions for the marine industry both as a direct fuel source for maritime vessels and as a transportable source to displace traditional fuel usage in other sectors, including road transportation, power generation, rail, and aerospace.

“We are pleased to be part of the significant progress underway in decarbonizing marine transportation and congratulate Pivotal LNG and Harvey Gulf for their sustainability leadership,” said Angela Schwarz, Co-President and CEO of Element Markets.

“We also extend acknowledgement to Monarch Bioenergy for producing the ultra-low carbon RNG used in this latest bunkering event.”

Today, Harvey Gulf owns five PSVs that can be fuelled by RLNG, enabling clients who charter the vessels to obtain a Carbon Neutral Certificate for their related operations.

“We look forward to growing our relationship with Pivotal LNG as our clients move towards RLNG in order to reduce emissions within 25 miles of a drilling location. My company is fully committed to carbon reduction and this partnership with Pivotal LNG is very much appreciated,” said Shane Guidry, Chairman & CEO of Harvey Gulf International Marine.

Related: Harvey Gulf operates first carbon neutral platform supply vessel worldwide
Related: First U.S. flagged battery powered PSV completes three months of successful operations
Related: Harvey Gulf LNG-powered supply vessels to undergo Wärtsilä Energy Storage retrofit
Related: Harvey Gulf further commits to lower emissions with battery orders to upgrade fleet
Related: Harvey Gulf upgrades PSV to become “Tri-Fuel” vessel; launches diesel bunkering facility


Photo credit: Harvey Gulf International
Published: 28 March, 2022

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