Høglund awarded gas management and automation contracts for Pacific Gas VLECs


David Gunaseelan, Vice President of Sales at Høglund Marine SolutionsDavid Gunaseelan, Vice President of Sales at Høglund Marine Solutions



Systems integration specialist Høglund is to supply gas handling and an Integrated Automation and Control System (IACS) for two Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC) newbuildings.

Høglund confirmed that the contracts were signed with Babcock LGE and Jiangnan shipyard (Group) Co Ltd throughout the spring and summer of 2020. The contracts met rigorous specifications set down by Pacific Gas for fully integrated automation and gas handling solutions.

To help support long-term vessel optimisation, Pacific Gas also specified for a ship performance monitor to be incorporated.

Høglund will be responsible for supplying the new vessel’s fuel gas supply system, which will be based on a Babcock LGE design, a  

control system for cargo handling and IACS.

Høglund noted that effectively integrating automation and gas handling systems on gas newbuilds would lead to significantly enhanced reliability, efficiency and simplified lifetime maintenance. Without proper consideration for automation and integration, vessels are at risk of becoming too complex and a significant challenge to operate and maintain, the company said.

David Gunaseelan, Vice President of Sales at Høglund Marine Solutions commented: “These contracts demonstrate how the industry is recognising the need for joined-up thinking and systems in the growing gas fleet, and the performance and reliability benefits this delivers. As such, Pacific Gas will have peace of mind that their VLEC will operate as efficiently and reliably as possible.”

The two 99,000 cubic meter VLECs are expected to be delivered in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022.

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