TGE wins conversion contract

20 Jan 2014
TGE's vessel conversion will take place at the Nakilat Keppel Offshore and Marine (N-KOM) facilities in Qatar

TGE's vessel conversion will take place at the Nakilat Keppel Offshore and Marine (N-KOM) facilities in Qatar

Germany’s TGE Marine is to design and supply the LNG fuel gas package for MAN Diesel and Turbo’s (MDT) conversion of what is thought will be the first Qatari Q-max carrier to run on LNG or HFO.

TGE says once converted and put into operation, the vessel will be propelled by the world’s first low speed diesel engine running on LNG onboard a ship.

The modification will be made to the low speed 2-stroke main engine will make use of MAN Diesel and Turbo’s (MDT) electronically-controlled gas injection system.

Manfred Küver, CEO, TGE Marine, said: “We are extremely pleased to have been selected by MDT as partner for its first conversion contract for one of the largest LNG carriers on the market.”

“This prestigious project is certainly a signal for the market that the MAN 2-stroke ME-GI solution is one of the most economic approached of a modern LNG carrier design,” he added.

The conversion of the vessel will take place at the Nakilat-Keppel Offshore and Marine (N-KOM) facilities in Qatar.

In preparation for the contract, TGE looked at the design of the high pressure fuel gas supply system with its US partner, ACD, for the pumping and vapourising system, including a complete simulation of the system considering all load scenarios.

The company’s scope of delivery includes a modular pre-fabricated fuel gas skid, which is scheduled for delivery in early 2015.

Meanwhile, TGE has also signed contracts for one firm and three optional vessels for the design and supply of the cargo handling systems, high pressure fuel gas systems including LNG fuel tanks and tank material packages for the next generation of ethane/ethylene carriers of 35,000 m3 capacity with Jiangnan Shipyard Group. The ships were ordered by Navigator Gas Ltd. and will be delivered in 2016.

TGE Marine has participated in the development of this new eco design based on slow speed dual fuel main engines in close co-operation with owner and shipyard.

The ship is a three tank version with a maximum individual tank size of more than 12,000 m3, which TGE said will be the world’s largest type C tank based gas carrier. The company is currently developing conceptual designs for even larger ethane carriers.

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