MAN dual fuel for more gas tankers
MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced a further contract for its MAN 51/60DF engine, with an order for a total of 16 engines to power four newbuild LNG carrier ships
The operator, an international consortium including Teekay LNG Partners, selected a dual-fuel diesel electric (DFDE) propulsion solution featuring two12V51/60DF and two 8L51/60DF engines for each of four LNGCs. According to MAN, the order was received after a long period of evaluation. This order follows a previous contract announced in July 2013 to supply 30 × MAN 51/60DF dual-fuel engines for six LNGCs. MAN Diesel & Turbo considers that the DFDE solution provides the customer with the optimum redundancy. Both batches of ships are being built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, which MAN says is China’s only builder of large LNG tankers.
The engines from both orders will be produced at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Augsburg, Germany facility with delivery scheduled during 2015. They are specified as IMO Tier II-compliant in diesel mode, while in gas mode, exhaust emissions will be below Tier III limits.
Following delivery between September 2017 and January 2019, the ships will support BG Group’s Queensland Curtis Island LNG project.