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Wärtsilä System for Mobile Oil Drilling Unit

Posted on August 25, 2006

Wärtsilä has yesterday been awarded a contract from MPF Corp. Ltd to deliver a total power system for a Multi-Purpose Floater, the MPF 1000 offshore drilling vessel. The MPF is planned to be completed and delivered from Dragados Offshore SA, Spain in the fourth quarter of 2008. The contract involves detail design, products, systems and commissioning of the power plant, propulsion, electrical and automation systems. Delivery of the major components will be during the first quarter of 2008. The value of the deal is over EUR 50 million.

"To deliver a total integration of power plant, power distribution, automation and propulsion systems for one of the first vessels that combines drilling and FPSO capabilities, our systems will ensure maximum performance, environmental friendliness and optimal lifecycle benefits both for the owner and the operator", says Magnus Miemois, vice president of Wärtsilä Ship Power Solutions business.

Wärtsilä will deliver eight 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 diesel engines with a combined power output of 58.9 MW, generators, medium voltage switchgear, low voltage distribution boards, frequency converters, safety and automation systems (including emergency shut down, fire and gas, power management, vessel automation), a DP3 dynamic positioning system, thruster control and information management systems. Wärtsilä's own frequency converter technology became part of Wärtsilä's product portfolio in conjunction with the acquisition of Wärtsilä Automation Norway. The systems will mainly be delivered as complete, fully-equipped factory-tested modules.

The MPF 1000 is the largest and most versatile offshore drilling unit ever built. The vessel gives the oil companies a new tool in the exploration and development phases of offshore oil and gas fields. The MPF 1000 can combine floating production, storage and offloading with drilling. It is designed for simultaneous drilling and production in deep waters and harsh environments including ultra deep water. The vessel is 290 meters long and has storage capability of one million barrels of oil.

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