Knutsen orders four MAN B&W 5G70ME-GI engines for two new LNG tankers
Norway's Knutsen OAS Shipping has placed an order with EGR systems for four MAN B&W 5G70ME-GI engines, which will power two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers.
The 180,000m³ vessels will be used to transport cargoes worldwide for two Spanish utility companies, and delivery is expected to be carried out by 2020.
Spanish multinational company Gas Natural Fenosa previously ordered ME-GI engines for four LNG tankers in 2013.
MAN Diesel & Turbo two-stroke business sales and promotion vice-president Bjarne Foldager said: “These orders are notable in that they are the sixth and seventh such carriers bound for service for Spanish utilities that have been ordered within the past four years alone.
“As such, our G70ME-GI engine has become a popular choice for LNG carriers globally.
"This can be attributed in great part to the ME-GI’s embracing of the Diesel principle, which is simply the most effective method of converting gas fuel to propulsion power.”
The new contracts stem from Cheniere Energy's subsidiary Corpus Christi Liquefaction, which recently signed 20-year LNG sale and purchase agreements (SPAs) with the two Spanish utilities.
The Spanish utilities have agreed to purchase a combined total of over one million tonnes per annum of LNG under their respective SPAs, following the commencement of operations from the LNG export facility, which is currently being developed in Texas.
MAN Diesel & Turbo’s ME-GI engine has been developed to give shipowners and operators the option of using either heavy fuel oil (HFO) or a gas-based fuel, predominantly natural gas.
An ME-GIE variant of the engine system passed operational tests for running on ethane in May.