Trelleborg upgrades its oil and gas transfer and ship performance solutions facility
Dave Pendleton, Managing Director of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation, said: “The investment in this facility highlights our intent to support our customers to capitalize on the growing LNG market and further expand operations to keep up with demand. Driven by the global desire to reduce emissions, LNG demand is expected to continue to grow beyond 2035. This will result in more LNG carriers and LNG import and export terminals, as well as LNG fueling projects. “The opening of our new facility in Hawarden, ensures that we will continue to serve our customers in over 60 countries across the world and build on what was already one of our global centers of excellence and technology leadership. Having founded the company in what was the old village courthouse 21 years ago, this relocation just down the road means we remain true to our roots and will continue to invest in the local area.”
Housing 55 employees across various disciplines, with further room to expand, the new facility will design, manufacture and provide aftersales support for a variety of technologies for both the LNG and ship performance sectors across the world. Featuring increased office and production space, it provides enhanced manufacturing capacity and lead times for customer projects. The facility also boasts two bespoke factory acceptance test (FAT) rooms, fitted with video conference technology that allows customers to attend testing even when travel is restricted. Trelleborg will continue to manufacture its Ship-Shore Link (SSL), Universal Safety Link (USL) and Emergency Safety Link (ESL) products from the new facility, as well as its Ship Performance MonitoringSystem.
As a leader in SSL technology, Trelleborg has supplied its system, which enables the safe transfer of LNG from ships to terminals, to over 80% of the world’s LNG carrier fleet and 75% of the world’s LNG terminals, while the USL and ESL products are suitable for use in the LNG fueling and chemical transfer markets. Trelleborg’s Ship Performance Monitoring System monitors waves, weather, vessel trim, propeller power and fuel consumption in order to help crews optimize fuel consumption and reduce emissions.
Trelleborg received financial support from the Welsh government to help deliver the new facility and maintain their proud ongoing connection with the village of Hawarden. Going forward, the site will continue to support local schools across various STEM (science, technology, engineering and math-based) initiatives.