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Inert gas generator (IGG)


A device, similar to a boiler, in which fuel is burnt to create exhaust gases which contain less than 5% oxygen. Inert gas generator consists of a combined burner and scrubber, both seawater-cooled. Marine diesel or heavy fuel oil is burnt to produce flue gas with oxygen content of 2-4%. The gas then enters the scrubber part, where it is cooled and cleaned by sprayed seawater before being led to the deck area.