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HHI-EMD ORDERS 12 MAN B&W LOW-PRESSURE DUAL FUEL ENGINES

HHI-EMD ORDERS 12 MAN B&W LOW-PRESSURE DUAL FUEL ENGINES

Friday, July 9, 2021 

HHI-EMD (Hyundai Heavy Industries' Engine Machinery Division) has placed the first order for the low-speed ME-GA engine, the latest edition to MAN Energy Solutions’ dual-fuel portfolio.

HHI-EMD has ordered two 5G70ME-GA10.5 engines for each of six 174,000m3 LNG carriers which Hyundai’s Shipbuilding Division (HHI-SBD) is building in South Korea. Two will be owned by KLC, two by PANOcean and one each by Knutsen and JP Morgan. All six will be chartered by Shell Tankers (Singapore). Delivery of the first engine is scheduled for August 2022, with the final unit arriving during 2023. MAN Energy Solutions reports that each of the engines will feature its proprietary EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system for emissions reduction.

Bjarne Foldager, SVP and Head of Two-Stroke Business, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Following our virtual launch event in March this year, we have experienced overwhelming interest from shipowners, shipyards, engine builders and charterers in ME-GA. We are very excited about this first order and are looking forward to a successful, close cooperation with all parties to ensure the engines meet the high performance and reliability level expected of them. The ME-GA’s genesis owes much to us recognising a strong market desire for a lower-cost alternative to the ME-GI engine, driven primarily by the LNG carrier market. Accompanied by our EGR system – a proven concept with a decade of experience behind it – these engines will deliver lower methane-slip compared to existing, Otto-cycle LNG engines, and better fuel-efficiency in both gas and fuel-oil modes. This further confirms our leadership in the critical, dual-fuel, marine segment.”

MAN Energy Solutions says that its portfolio of two-stroke, dual-fuel engines has accumulated over 1.7 million operating hours from the 158 engines currently in service – all running on clean fuels such as LNG, LPG, ethane and methanol. With fuel prices and availability currently in flux, MAN Energy Solutions expects the option of retrofitting to dual-fuel engines to increasingly become a necessity.

The high-efficiency MAN B&W ME-GA engine delivers a low CAPEX solution aimed at certain vessel types and applications, such as LNG carriers, that are able to use ‘boil-off’ gas as a source of fuel. It could also be of appeal to smaller vessels where low capital outlay is a priority. Based on the proven MAN B&W dual-fuel design with minimal installation requirements, the MAN B&W ME-GA uses an efficient ignition concept and unique gas-admission system that delivers safe and reliable operation. The ME-GA furthermore features low operational costs, simple supply and purging concepts, and low maintenance costs for its fuel-gas supply system. With Tier III compliance in gas mode, the addition of EGR allows the engine to meet all current and upcoming NOx emission regulations.

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