Wilhelmsen to supply inert gas generator systems for five LNG carriers

16 February 2012 (Last Updated February 16th, 2012 18:30)

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS), a unit of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, has received an order to supply inert gas generator systems for five liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS), a unit of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, has received an order to supply inert gas generator systems for five liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

Inert gas generator systems will be installed by WTS’ South Korean unit on the five LNG newbuilds, which are being built for Dynagas, which delivers nitrogen (N2) generator systems of two x 150 nominal cubic metres an hour at 97%.

According to the company, these orders will further improve its market penetration for LNG carriers, as well as strengthen its position in the shipping segment. Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions VP of business solutions Bernd Bauer said this contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries and Dynagas means the company can provide its customers with an even better level of service and expertise in the LNG sector.

"References are an important factor in selection of key components and shipowners and shipbuilders can be confident that our company has the experience and depth of knowledge to best serve their needs," Bauer said.

The systems will feature the Unitor-Generon technology solution, which is said to extend the service life of the internal membranes and reduce in-service costs for shipowners.

Generon, a technology provider behind the system, has created an efficient hollow fibre membrane for air separation. The company supplies a Unitor-Generon nitrogen membrane inert gas system to operators of chemical and gas tankers, offshore supply ships and reefers, offering high levels of safety and security.

In August 2011 Greek shipowner Dynagas had ordered two more 155,000cbm LNG carriers from HHI, following its order for a pair of LNG carriers in May 2011.

The order included an option exercised from a previous order placed in May, as well as an additional newbuild order.

The LNG vessels, which were scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2013 and 2014, will feature a dual-fuel diesel engine system, allowing ships to run on oil fuel or natural gas.