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MAN Diesel To Supply Engines for Power Ships

Posted on November 5, 2009

MAN Diesel has signed a contract with the Turkish company Karadeniz Powership Company, Ltd. to supply up to a total of 24 engines, together with the electromechanical equipment needed for the generation of electricity. The contract includes 21-18V51/60DF dual-fuel engines and 3 type 14V48/60 HFO engines, with a total output of 400 MW. The large-bore diesel engines are to be installed on board four power ships - former freighters converted into floating diesel power plants.

The power ships can be connected to local power grids temporarily where there is insufficient on-site power or during the construction phase of a new power plant. Unlike "power barges" - a power plant on pontoons - these power ships are equipped with their own propulsion engines and do not need to be towed. They are expected to be used in Africa, Pakistan, and other regions in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

The MAN Diesel engines can be powered by either liquid fuels or gas. "Our dual-fuel engines are ideal for this purpose. The ships will be able to use available infrastructure at the site on which they are needed - regardless of whether they are fuelled by oil or gas," says Dr. Stephan Mey, head of power plant business at MAN Diesel. When powered by gas, they ensure low emissions offering an ecologically friendly combustion.

The 51/60F engine was first used on liquid gas tankers, on which evaporated gas from the cargo tanks can be used to power the engine. According to the company, MAN Diesel DF engines have been gaining popularity in the power generation industry due to their efficiency, fuel flexibility and environmental benefits. MAN Diesel has also recently received similar orders from Brazil and Australia.

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