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Wärtsilä wins LNG carrier equipment contract

Wärtsilä wins LNG carrier equipment contract
Hudong-Zhongua Shipbuilding yard in China has ordered Wärtsilä LNG reliquefaction plants and gas handling systems for a series of four LNG Carriers under construction for Teekay, China LNG Shipping (CLNG), CNOOC Energy Technology Co of China, and BW Gas of Norway.

The first of the 174,000cu m LNG carriers is scheduled for delivery in September 2017, with two to follow in 2018 and the last ship in January 2019. Each system is to be delivered to the yard in pre-fabricated skid modules for easy installation.

The systems will reliquefy 70% of the boil-off gas from the ships' LNG cargo and return it to the cargo tanks, while the balance is fed by the gas handling system to the engines for propulsion purposes.

"Wärtsilä was selected because we were able to offer the best technical solution with the lowest capital and operational expenditures,” says Timo Koponen, vp of Flow and Gas Solutions at Wärtsilä Ship Power. “Our in-house know-how and experience is unmatched in the industry, which is why the leading gas carrying operators consistently opt for Wärtsilä's state-of-the-art solutions.”