Wärtsilä Equipment To Help Ships Reach New Depths
Engines, thrusters to power deep water drill ships
Wärtsilä 32 engine
Photo credit: Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä received a contract from Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd., a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, to supply main generating engines and thrusters for six new deep water drill ships to be built in Brazil at Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz. The contract was signed at the end of September.
The Jurong Aracruz shipyard, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine, will build the vessels for Sete Brasil, an investment company that manages asset portfolios in the oil and gas sector. The drill ships, which will be used in Petrobras’ pre-salt deep-water drilling program, will be operated by drilling contractors Seadrill and Odfjell.
Each of the six ships will be powered by 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main generating sets and FS3510/NU underwater de-mountable thrusters, with the first deliveries scheduled for 2013. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2015.