The Danish marine pump specialist, Svanehøj, has established Svanehøj France – a new independent business for production, sales, and service of land-based LNG tank gauging systems and hydraulic LPG safety valve systems.
Global LNG supply could reach 449 million tons by 2025, up 23% from 2020, and this will indeed increase the need for liquefied gas storage in the coming years.
Marine pump specialist Svanehøj sees great potential in this market and therefore entered into an agreement to take over Wärtsilä Tank Control Systems (TCS). The company is engaged in the production, sale, and service of high-end gauging systems for both LNG plants and terminals as well as LNG carriers.
The acquisition has just been approved by the French authorities. As a result, Svanehøj is establishing a new independent business unit for land-based activities in Calais, France, where TCS currently has a production facility.
Planning investments in the product line
The new company will be named Svanehøj France, and Morten Christian Larsen will take the position as Director of almost 40 employees. He is already Director of Service and Aftersales at Svanehøj and will manage the two businesses in parallel.
“We are acquiring a company that has historically been at the forefront of systems that enhance the safety of liquified gas storage. Svanehøj is already a leading specialist in marine fuel and cargo pumps for liquefied gas, and we see obvious synergies in relation to both new sales, service and aftersales, which we will use to good advantage”, says Morten Christian Larsen.
TCS has been owned by Wärtsilä since 2006 but has its roots in Whessoe, a specialist in equipment and systems for cryogenic and low-temperature storage. With the prospect of significantly increased demand for liquefied gas, Svanehøj plans to invest in the product line at the Calais factory, which is particularly well known in the industry for its unique turnkey tank gauging solutions. Furthermore, Svanehøj sees great potential in using the acquisition as an opportunity to offer pumping solutions for LNG terminals on land.
A further step into a growing market
Svanehøj pursues an overall strategy to support a fast and complete transition to zero-carbon maritime fuels, regardless of propellant. Already today, Svanehøj’s deep well fuel pump solution is fully compatible with e-fuels such as green ammonia, methanol, and hydrogen. A focus area in the new Svanehøj France will therefore be to develop gauging systems for zero-carbon fuels for both marine and land-based applications.
– The market for high-end liquefied gas handling equipment is facing strong growth in the coming years. This applies to both natural gas and e-fuels. The establishment of a land-based business is a further step for Svanehøj into this market, says Søren Kringelholt Nielsen, CEO at Svanehøj.
In addition to the land-based business in Calais, Svanehøj also acquires a maritime business with production, sales, and service of measuring systems for LNG vessels. This part of TCS has activities in the UK and Singapore and employs 15 people, who will now become part of Svanehøj’s global service business.
About Svanehøj Danmark A/S
Svanehøj designs and manufactures specialized deep well pump solutions for vital applications within the areas of fuel, cargo, and offshore. Svanehøj is also a leading service provider of inspections, service, and calibration of cargo equipment on gas, product, and chemical carriers. Svanehøj is part of Svanehøj Group which employs 350 people in Denmark, Singapore, Japan, China, France, and the UK. The Group manufactures the brands Svanehøj (Denmark), Hamworthy Pumps (Singapore), Eureka, and Dolphin (UK).