Dual-fuel-electric machinery getting well-established in LNG carrier newbuilding market

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 14 December 2004 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä has received an order from Alstom Chantiers de l’Atlantique of France to supply one set of Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines to power the 154,000 m3 dual-fuel-electric LNG carrier Gaselys. This ship, carrying hull number P32, was ordered a few months ago by a joint-venture between Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) of Japan and Gaz de France and is scheduled for delivery from Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s shipyard in Saint Nazaire at the end of 2006. Just like her sister ship Provalys, she will be powered by three 12-cylinder and one 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines with an aggregate power of 39.9 MW. Delivery of these engines from Wärtsilä’s engine factory in Trieste, Italy, is scheduled for October 2005.

“Both Wärtsilä and Alstom Chantiers de l´Atlantique have very actively promoted the dual-fuel-electric machinery concept for LNG carriers during the past few years and the latest orders confirm that the concept is getting well-established in the industry”, said Mikael Mäkinen, Group Vice-President, Wärtsilä Ship Power. “Firm orders to supply dual-fuel engines for seven ships have been placed, and there are options to supply dual-fuel engines for four more ships.”

For application in LNG carriers, Wärtsilä has so far received firm orders to supply twenty-eight Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines. The first four engines were delivered to Alstom Chantiers de l’Atlantique last year and are about to enter service onboard the 75,000 m3 dual-fuel-electric LNG carrier Gaz de France Energy. A further four engines were delivered to Chantiers de l’Atlantique last month and will be installed onboard the 154,000 m3 dual-fuel-electric LNG carrier Provalys. This ship is scheduled for delivery to Gaz de France at the end of next year. The delivery of sixteen engines for a series of four 155,000 m3 dual-fuel-electric LNG carriers for BP Shipping at Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Korea will commence in the beginning of 2006. The delivery of these ships is scheduled from the middle of 2007 onwards. Wärtsilä holds an option to supply another sixteen dual-fuel engines for four optional vessels for BP Shipping at Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. More dual-fuel engine orders for LNG carriers can be expected within the next few months.

In addition to the application in dual-fuel-electric LNG carriers, Wärtsilä’s unique dual-fuel engines have been applied in FPSOs, dual-fuel-electric offshore supply vessels, and a significant number of onshore power plants.

Media contact:
Marit Holmlund-Sund
Public Relations Manager, Ship Power
Wärtsilä Corporation
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