The 75,000 m3 Gaz de France Energy is the first LNG carrier with Wartsila 50DF dual fuel engines

December 14, 2004

Dual fuel electric power for another LNG carrier

Wartsila has received an order from Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique of France to supply one set of Wartsila 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 Saint Nazaire shipyard at the end of 2006.

Like its sister ship Provalys, Gaselys will be powered by three 12-cylinder and one 6-cylinder Wartsila 50DF dual-fuel engines with an aggregate power of 39.9 MW.

Delivery of these engines from Wartsila's Trieste, Italy, factory is scheduled for October 2005.

"Both Wartsila 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 Makinen, Group Vice-President, Wartsila 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."

To date, Wartsila has firm orders to supply 28 50DF dual-fuel engines for LNG ship applications. 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, 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.

Wartsila 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, Wartsila's unique dual-fuel engines have been applied in FPSOs, dual-fuel-electric offshore supply vessels, and a significant number of onshore power plants.

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