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Wartsila solutions, maintenance picked for Hoegh LNG newbuilds

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The new 170,000 m3 LNG carrier vessels being built for Höegh LNG will feature the latest Wärtsilä regasification technology, Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines and a technical management agreement

APRIL 4, 2017 — Two new 170,000 m3 LNG carrier vessels being built for Norway’s Höegh LNG at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyards in Korea will each be powered by four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines. There is an option for a further three vessels in the SHI series.

The two vessels will also feature the latest Wärtsilä regasification technology to operate as FSRUs. The new Wärtsilä technology is based on the use of seawater and glycol as the intermediate heating medium, a lighter and less space demanding alternative than earlier systems with a propane based heating system. By using seawater as opposed to steam heated solutions, the CO2 emissions are notably reduced. Furthermore, it will be delivered as a complete module, thereby making installation easy.

Under a new five year technical management agreement, Wärtsilä will provide support for eight ships in the existing Höegh LNG fleet as well as for the two new vessels currently under construction.

The services of the technical management agreement include Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) to optimize the availability, reliability, and performance of the Wärtsilä engines. It also includes maintenance planning and advisory services involving the combined technical expertise of both Wärtsilä and Höegh LNG specialists. The customer will also have access to Wärtsilä’s extensive global service network.

“Our long-standing relationship with Höegh LNG is again strengthened through this supply of our state-of-the-art engines and regasification systems, as well as the technical management agreement that will ensure optimal performance of the company’s entire fleet,” says Cato Esperø, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Norway.

“We have confidence in Wärtsilä as a provider of well designed and engineered solutions, and are pleased with the choice of a strong provider as regards to the engines and regasification systems” says Øivin Iversen Chief Technical Officer Höegh LNG. The technical management agreement is also very important. Wärtsilä’s CBM service enables excellent predictability of the engines’ condition and maintenance requirements, which is of great value to our operations,” says Gorm Hillgaar, Senior Vice President Fleet Management Höegh LNG.

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