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Pilot LNG awards contract to W. F. Baird & Associates Ltd

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Pilot LNG, LLC (Pilot LNG), developer of the Galveston LNG Bunker Port (GLBP) project, has announced that it has awarded the Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) contract for the project’s marine infrastructure engineering to W. F. Baird & Associates Ltd. The award further solidifies the growing partnership between the two companies.

Pilot LNG is planning to deliver highly competitive and environmentally responsible clean fuels to the maritime industry that will not only be more economical than traditional marine fuels, but will also help reduce emissions to comply with IMO 2020 regulations and achieve decarbonisation goals. To further mitigate operational impacts, the company has chosen to utilise electric drives powered by electricity sourced 100% from renewable energy from Texas, US, eliminating virtually all operating emissions related to the facility and likely making the GLBP project one of the greenest facilities of its type anywhere in the world.

W. F. Baird & Associates Ltd will provide a variety of services to Pilot LNG, including design of marine structures, metocean modelling including storm surge and tidal currents, dredging design and dredged material placement analysis, and support for vessel manoeuvring assessments. The company’s office in Houston, US, will lead the assessment with support from its other North American and international offices.

The GLBP project will provide one of the US’ largest industrial port complexes, comprising the ports of Houston, Galveston and Texas City, with the infrastructure needed to supply clean fuel to the growing global LNG bunker market. LNG as a marine fuel has been demonstrated to significantly reduce vessel emissions, including eliminating virtually all particulate matter and SOx emissions as well as achieving approximately 80 – 90% NOx and 25% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions compared to traditional marine fuels. As companies look for ways to reduce emissions and meet tightening global maritime standards, LNG is increasingly becoming the fuel of choice.

While LNG bunkering infrastructure has been rapidly developing overseas and in certain parts of the US, Pilot LNG’s GLBP would be one of the first of its kind for the region. Pilot LNG anticipates taking a Final Investment Decision (FID) on the GLBP project in 2H2022 and operations beginning in 2H2025.

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