Turbine technologies expand

Development of turbine technology in modern applications is growing at the Port of West St. Mary.

Jimmy Gros, representing Turbine Power Technologies, updated the port commission on that growth Tuesday.

Turbine Powered Technology was formed in September 2011. The core management and technology team were the founders of Marine Turbine Technologies, the recognized leader of turbine integration into unique applications and longtime port tenant.

Gros said turbine engines have been tested with various fuels including natural gas, and TPT is pursuing liquefied natural gas and diesel as fuels.

“It’s a promising thing and everybody seems excited,” Gros said. “We’re doing four units for Shell and hopefully by Dec. 20 we’ll have them in the field and running on dual fuel.”

An LNG tank was delivered to the company site. Fire Protection District 11 has been notified and has inspected the tank, Gros said.

A safety zone has been posted in the area in effect for certain hours during testing procedures.

Gros also asked for movement of a fire hydrant in the area for better access by the fire department if needed.

Port Executive Director David Allain said development of the industrial port facility on the Charenton Navigation and Drainage Canal is continuing, with permitting for infrastructure now in progress.

He said port tenants are doing well, and that water sales have been about 10,000 gallons a week. The port commission owns its own water system.

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