Breakthrough ME Engine Order for LNG Carriers
MAN B&W Diesel announced that it will supply its ME engines for four LNG carriers ordered at DSME of Korea to be used for the transport of gas from Qatar to the U.K. Each vessel will have a capacity of 210 000 m3 of LNG and will be powered by two, 6S70ME-C engines designed by MAN B&W Diesel. The engines, the first MAN engines for an LNG carrier, are to be delivered in the 2007 to 2008 time frame. In addition, four sets of MAN B&W Holeby 7L32/40 gensets will be included on each vessel.
Each vessel has been specified with reliquefication plants to process the boil-off gas occurring between the loading point in Qatar and their destination in the United Kingdom. "Significant cost benefits can be realized by LNG transporters by switching from a traditional steam turbine propulsion plant to reliable and fuel-efficient diesel engines and, in particular for large vessels, to electronically-controlled MAN B&W Diesel ME low speed diesel engines, when used in conjunction with reliquefication of the cargo’s boil-off gas," said Ole Grøne, MAN B&W Diesel vice president Two-stroke Sales and Marketing.