Wartsila scores Hoegh LNG deal

FSRU Höegh Grace (Image courtesy of Höegh LNG)

Finnish engine maker Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide both equipment and maintenance for FSRU and LNG carrier vessels of Norway’s Höegh LNG. 

Two new 170,000-cbm LNG vessels being built for Höegh LNG at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyards in Korea will each be powered by four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines. There is an option for a further three vessels in the SHI series.

The orders were booked in the first quarter of 2017, Wärtsilä said in a statement on Tuesday.

The two vessels will also feature the latest Wärtsilä regasification technology to operate as FSRUs.

The regasification solution to be supplied to the two vessels is based upon the use of seawater and glycol as the intermediate heating medium, a lighter and less space demanding alternative than earlier systems with a propane based heating system, according to Wärtsilä.

By using seawater as opposed to steam heated solutions, the CO2 emissions “are notably reduced.”

Typically the value of regasification projects is between 20 to 40 million euros, based on the size, scope, capacity and operational profile of the equipment, Wärtsilä said in the statement.

In addition, under a new five-year technical management agreement, Wärtsilä will provide support for eight ships of Höegh LNG’s existing fleet as well as for its two new vessels currently under construction.

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