Crude-oil-burning Wärtsilä engines for offshore China

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 5 May 2004 at 11:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded a contract by China National Offshore Oil Corporation, CNOOC China Limited to supply a 21 MW power plant for an offshore oil production platform being built for the Nanbao 35-2 oil field in Bohai Bay, North China.

The power plant, which will generate electricity for the platform, will consist of three Wärtsilä 16V32 diesel generating sets, each with a maximum continuous electrical output of 7 MWe. The engines will run on crude petroleum from the oilfield production. Wärtsilä is responsible for the complete power plant on the platform, including the entire fuel treatment and handling system, the control and alarm monitoring system, the main switchboard and all necessary ancillary equipment for the engines. Wärtsilä will also provide site training onboard the platform. Wärtsilä will deliver the equipment to arrive in China in October this year.

The crude oil on which the engines will run has a high viscosity. This presents no difficulty for the engines as they are designed to operate on high-viscosity fuel oil as standard. Wärtsilä’s experience in designing and building engines able to operate on high-viscosity fuel, and its experience in the offshore industry with its demanding conditions and crude oil operation was of importance in this project. The contract also includes delivery of complete, pre-engineered units along with fast and easy installation of the power plant on the platform.


Marit Holmlund-Sund
Public Relations Manager, Ship Power
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1941
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