Drillship genset and propulsion contract

15 Oct 2012
Wärtsilä’s 32 engine

Wärtsilä’s 32 engine

Wärtsilä has announced a contract from Sembcorp Marine subsidiary Jurong Shipyard to supply main generating engines and thrusters for six new deep water drill ships to be built in Brazil at Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz.

Each ship will be powered by 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main generating sets and FS3510/NU underwater de-mountable thrusters. The first Wärtsilä deliveries are scheduled for 2013, with the first vessel to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015.

The drillships are to be built for investment company Sete Brasil, to be used in the Petrobras pre-salt deep-water drilling programme. They, will be operated by contractors Seadrill and Odfjell. Jurong shipyards have earlier built several offshore rigs and vessels using Wärtsilä propulsion systems. Similarly, both Seadrill and Odfjell have existing vessels powered by Wärtsilä equipment.

"In demonstrating our ability to supply Wärtsilä equipment, we have again illustrated our global strength and competitiveness. Drill ships operating in very deep waters face challenging operational conditions, and the reliability, efficiency, and performance of the Wärtsilä supplied system is particularly important to such vessels. At the same time, environmental issues are a priority for the owners and operators of these ships, and again Wärtsilä's track record in this field is second to none," says Magnus Miemois, vice president Wärtsilä Ship Power, solutions.

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