MAN engines in Petrofacs newbuild to be SCR equipped

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 — The JSD 6000 deepwater derrick lay vessel ordered from Chinese shipbuilder ZPMC in January by Petrofac (see earlier story) will be powered by six MAN 16V32/44CR engines and MAN Diesel & Turbo will provide a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system for each of them.

MAN Diesel & Turbo and Petrofac have also entered a 12-year service contract for the management, maintenance and monitoring of the six engines. The engines and SCR systems will be constructed at MAN Diesel & Turbo's Augsburg, Germany facility.

MAN Diesel & Turbo says that its advanced technology and after-sales experience, as well as the lower running costs for the engines and their higher power per cylinder, were important factors in winning the contract.

The deepwater vessel will provide Petrofac with access to high-end, turnkey opportunities in the high-growth deepwater and SURF (Subsea Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines) markets, while also expanding access to shallow-water EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) projects.

The SCR technique

Selective Catalytic Reduction injects urea into exhaust gases and passes them through a catalytic converter at temperatures of 300° to 400° Celsius. The subsequent, chemical reaction reduces undesired nitrogen oxides (NOx) by over 80%.

The SCR system in its entirety consists of a catalytic converter with several control units and a surveillance-and-control unit.

MAN Diesel & Turbo is the first company to successfully make four-stroke marine engines IMO Tier III-compliant, based on a fully modular SCR-kit that covers the entire MAN Diesel & Turbo four-stroke engine portfolio.

In September 2014, DNV GL awarded the company a Tier III-compatibility certificate for its MAN 8L21/31 four-stroke engine aboard Petunia Seaways, a DFDS Seaways ship with a retrofitted SCR system. While the engine alone meets IMO Tier II emission criteria, the SCR system for NOx reduction raises the whole system to the standard demanded by IMO Tier III rules.

"For the last 8,800 hours, this particular engine aboard the Petunia Seaways has consistently met Tier III NOx limits under real-life operating conditions and in full accordance with the rules," said Dr. Daniel Struckmeier, Senior Project Manager Emission 2016, MAN Diesel & Turbo when DNV-GL presented the Tier III certificate in September.

Generally, MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that results from the test bed and open sea have been impressive and show that SCR technology is reliable and ready for commercial production and operation. It has already made the basic version of the SCR system available for every four-stroke engine in its portfolio.

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