Wärtsilä Power for Offshore Construction Vessel
Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded a contract by Ulstein Verft AS in Norway for a 23 MW power plant to be installed in a new offshore construction vessel being built by Ulstein for the Norwegian offshore company Solstad Offshore ASA and the Swiss-based company Single Buoy Moorings Inc (SBM). The 124 m-long vessel, to be named Normand Installer, is designed by Vik-Sandvik AS, Norway. The vessel will be equipped with a diesel-electric power plant incorporating two Wärtsilä 16V32 diesel generating sets and two Wärtsilä 8L32 diesel generating sets. The Wärtsilä 16V32 engines each develop 7680 kW, and the Wärtsilä 8L32 engines each 3840 kW, both at 720 r/min. Electric propulsion motors will drive through twin Wärtsilä SV105 reduction gears to the twin Lips CPS115 controllable-pitch propellers running in Lips HR nozzles.
Wärtsilä, as The Ship Power Supplier, is thus delivering the four diesel generating sets, two reduction gears, two Lips CP propellers, Lips HR nozzles, and the Lipstronic C7000 advanced remote control system. In addition, Wärtsilä will deliver four Lips CT250M-D tunnel thrusters and a Lips FS225-240/MNR retractable thruster. The vessel is due for delivery in January 2006 and will be operated by Solstad Offshore.