Wärtsilä signs service agreement to support Golar LNG

9 April 2015 (Last Updated April 9th, 2015 04:43)

Wärtsilä has signed a five-year technical management agreement to provide services to shipping company Golar LNG.

Golar LNG vessel

Wärtsilä has signed a five-year technical management agreement to provide services to shipping company Golar LNG.

Under this contract, Wärtsilä will support Golar LNG in areas such as remote monitoring of engines, maintenance planning, advisory services and guaranteed availability of personnel, as well as spare parts.

Wärtsilä Europe & Africa area sales director Johan Hansten said: "This comprehensive agreement is very important to Wärtsilä, as we expand our partnership with Golar LNG to include new services.

"With this service agreement, we can continuously optimise the performance of the Wärtsilä engines already in use in the Golar LNG fleet."

The new agreement also has a condition-based maintenance (CBM) system that supports optimisation and performance of the installed equipment.

As part of this, Wärtsilä will monitor and analyse various parameters, which will help the company plan and perform maintenance activities in relation to the engines’ lifecycle and condition.

"We can continuously optimise the performance of the Wärtsilä engines already in use in the Golar LNG fleet."

In addition, this enables predictive maintenance while maximising uptime and reducing operating costs, the company stated.

The new deal will enhance the availability, reliability and performance of the Wärtsilä engines installed in Golar LNG’s fleet.

Golar LNG fleet manager Per Rolid said: "We want to maintain the highest standards for safety and reliability.

"This closer cooperation with Wärtsilä helps us to avoid unnecessary downtime and to keep our fleet in top condition at all times."

Golar LNG, which currently operates a fleet of 13 vessels, developed the world’s first floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs)based on the conversion of existing LNG carriers.

Golar’s LNG carriers and FSRUs are all equipped with a total of 52 Wärtsilä engines.


Image: The service agreement improves the availability, reliability and performance of Wärtsilä engines installed in Golar LNG’s fleet. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.