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Wärtsilä to provide equipment and maintenance for Höegh LNG vessels

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Wärtsilä Corp. has announced that it has been selected to provide equipment and maintenance services for Höegh LNG’s floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and LNG carrier vessels.

Construction is being carried out at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyards in South Korea for two new 170 000 m3 LNG carrier vessels for Höegh LNG. Each vessel will be powered by four Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines. There is an option for an additional three vessels in the SHI series.

The two vessels will also be equipped with the latest Wärtsilä regasification technology to operate as FSRUs. The regasification solution that will be used 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 utilising seawater instead of steam heated solutions, CO2 emissions can be noticeably reduced. In addition to this, it will be delivered as a complete module, thus making installation easy.

Under the new five-year technical management agreement, Wärtsilä will provide support for eight vessels of the company’s existing fleet, as well as for its two new vessels currently being built. The services of the technical management agreement include condition based maintenance (CBM) to optimise the engines’ availability, reliability and performance. It also includes maintenance planning and advisory services, including the combined expertise of both Wärtsilä and Höegh LNG specialists. Access to Wärtsilä’s global service network will also be provided.

Cato Esperø, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Norway, said: “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.”

Øivin Iversen, Chief Technical Officer Höegh LNG, said: “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.”

Gorm Hillgaar, Senior Vice President Fleet Management Höegh LNG, added: “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.”

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