Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a complete Inert Gas Generator (IGG) system, including engineering, for a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel serving the offshore oil & gas sector. The vessel is owned by Thailand based PTT Exploration and Production PCL, and the new IGG will replace an existing unit. The contract was placed in February.
The Wärtsilä IGG to be supplied will include a number of advanced technical features, notably a vertically designed scrubber system that avoids the challenges caused by stagnant seawater. The Wärtsilä IGG is designed to resist corrosion through having all parts in contact with seawater made of 254SMO material, a high alloy austenitic stainless steel.
The modularised skid design enables easy lifting, while a noise reducing feature increases onboard comfort. Furthermore, the proprietary design enables less seawater consumption and better flow of the seawater through the cooling chamber.
“The advanced technical features of the Wärtsilä solution were crucial in winning this contract. The benefit to the customer is that they will have an extremely reliable solution with lower operating costs than with conventional systems,” says Juha Kytölä, Vice President, Environmental Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
The IGG has been specifically engineered to accommodate the customer’s requirements. The entire unit will be manufactured in a single location, and will undergo a full-scale test using seawater and diesel oil before it is installed.
The equipment is scheduled to be delivered by Wärtsilä in the fourth quarter of this year.
Wärtsilä Inert Gas Generators
Wärtsilä is a market leader in the development, design, manufacture and servicing of advanced inert gas and nitrogen solutions for marine and offshore oil and gas applications. The company’s customised solutions ensure high quality and advanced levels of safety for vessels operating in regulated areas. Wärtsilä systems are certified by ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007.
The company’s strong reputation in inert gas solutions has been earned from more than 50 years of experience. Development work is carried out in Wärtsilä’s unique full-scale R&D facilities. More than 2500 vessels have had Wärtsilä inert gas equipment installed. Performance testing can be executed in the company’s own test hall in Norway.
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Wärtsilä Inert Gas Systems
Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2015, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 5 billion with approximately 18,800 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.