Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) will install batteries on a platform supply vessel (PSV) in its own shipyard in the US after securing a long-term charter contract
The Louisiana-based owner will use an energy storage system on an ECO 312-class PSV operating in the US Gulf of Mexico. It has executed the first long-term contract with a major oil and gas company in the region to install a battery-on-board (BoB) system.
ECO confirmed to Offshore Support Journal this installation would be performed at a Chouest shipyard in the US. There are options for more installations in the future.
A BoB system will reduce the carbon footprint for this PSV during operations and port standby periods.
ECO is working alongside its affiliate Marine Technologies to use proprietary, class-certified automation along with the selected energy storage. This integrated solution between marine propulsion and a battery system will be the first of its kind to allow the PSV to work on one generator in the 500-m zone around offshore production fixed and floating platforms.
“In pursuit of our long-term vision for renewable energy development and reduced emissions, ECO strives to improve efficiency through technology and innovation,” said ECO executive vice president Dino Chouest.
“Receiving the first-ever contract for battery technology in the Jones Act market demonstrates the close relationship we maintain with our clients,” he said.
He highlighted this battery installation project was part of a longer strategy for reducing the vessel owner’s environmental footprint and expansion into offshore renewables.
ECO has also signed contracts for the first-ever US-flagged, Jones-Act compliant service operation vessel (SOV) for a US-based offshore windfarm project.
The world’s largest offshore support vessel owner by fleet value, according to VesselsValue, has also developed its own proprietary shore power system, C-Power, for charging onboard batteries.
“Through these efforts, we can reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment for future generations, while our technological innovations make our customers’ offshore operations more efficient and cost-effective,” said Mr Chouest.
VesselsValue estimated ECO’s fleet of more than 300 vessels, mostly built at its own shipyards, is valued at US$1.17Bn.
ECO is following Harvey Gulf International Marine by installing batteries on PSVs. This owner intends to install electric propulsion and energy storage systems on its fleet of 10 vessels.
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