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Wärtsilä to Power Oil Drilling Ship

Posted on November 3, 2005

Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply six, 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 diesel engines and various ancillary equipment including fuel and lubricating oil filters, coolers and pumps for what is reported to be the world's largest oil drilling ship being built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd in Korea. The engines each have a power output of 7290 kW at 720 r/min for a combined power of 40 MW and will drive the main generators that will meet the vessel's total power requirements for dynamic positioning, propulsion, drilling, and hotel services.

Ordered by Stena Drilling Ltd, a member of the Stena group of Gothenburg, Sweden, this vessel has the project name Stena Drill MAX. It is dynamically-positioned with twin drilling derricks and is intended for oil and gas exploration in ultra deep water up to 3000 m and harsh environments such as the Norwegian and Barents Seas. It has a displacement of 97 000 tonnes, an overall length of 228 m and width of 42 m and is capable of drilling to a depth of 11,000 m. The vessel is due for delivery at the end of 2007.

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