Finland’s Wärtsilä group is to provide 16 dual-fuel auxiliary engines for four new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier vessels under construction in China.
The Wärtsilä 34DF gensets, running primarily on LNG fuel, were ordered by the group’s Chinese joint venture firm CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co.
The gensets’ total power output will be 56 megawatts. Four gensets will be installed on each of the new 174,000m3 capacity vessels, which are scheduled for delivery starting in 2019.
Wärtsilä said the 34DF engines are used for both main engine and generating set applications and are manufactured in configurations from 6L to 16V, “giving 500 kW per cylinder and a total maximum mechanical output of 8000 kW”. The engine speed is 720/750RPM.
Wärtsilä’ Marine Solutions’ vice-president of engine sales, Lars Anderson, said the order bolstered the group’s “growing presence in China and our ability to serve the Chinese market”.
The company said its 100th 34DF dual-fuel marine engine was delivered from its factory in 2016.