California-based ACD LLC, a subsidiary of Cryogenics Industries, has announced the successful completion of the second phase of gas fuel trials on one of the world’s largest LNG carriers.
According to ACD, the successful trials – as reported by Qatari publication The Peninsula – concern the second phase of the main engine gas injection system.
The LNG carrier is owned by shipping company Nakilat.
ACD’s involvement concerns the LNG fuel gas system, which was manufactured and tested at the company’s facilities in Southern California.
Jim Estes, ACD’s Managing Director, explained in a statement, “ACD takes a great deal of pride in having collaborated on this project which employs ACD technology for LNG propulsion. The high pressure LNG fuel gas system was engineered, manufactured and tested at ACD’s facilities in Southern California US.”
“ACD has already delivered 14 high pressure and 25 low pressure LNG fuel systems for 2 and 4 stroke marine propulsion engines, has a significant backlog for deliveries through 2017 and anticipates receiving several new contracts over the next few months.”
Stating that the marine business is no longer a product/business development activity for ACD, Estes also unveiled a new management structure at ACD that integrates such marine related activities into its core Engineered Projects Operations.
The new organisational structure is geared to focus the company’s technical resources into its four core businesses: Turbines, Marine, Reciprocating and Centrifugal pumps and systems. In addition, Estes announced the formation of a ‘Project Management Office’ that will establish a standardised Project Management Process for all its engineered projects and ensure that ACD’s Project Management Standards are harmonised with industry standards.
In closing, Estes announced that ACD has begun testing the next generation LNG fuel supply pumps for high pressure marine applications. He indicated that this breakthrough in technology will transform reliability standards; it has a very compact footprint, simplified piping and valve infrastructure, elimination wearable components, pulsation free flow, and zero methane slip.