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Rasheeda vessel commissions first gas burning ME-GI system

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Qatargas, RasGas, and all of their respective shareholders, have announced that, during the second stage of gas trials, their Q-Max vessel, Rasheeda, successfully commissioned its first M-Type Electronically Controlled Gas Injection (ME-GI) System. The project reportedly cost stakeholders over US$30 million, and is sponsored by Qatar Petroleum in preparation of changing global environmental legislation. Rasheeda is wholly owned by Nakilat and was constructed in 2010. The ME-GI system installation was finalised in June 2015 at the Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma shipyard, Qatar.

Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, the CEO and President of Qatar Petroleum, said: “The protection of the environment is a deeply held value within Qatar Petroleum and we are very encouraged by the success of this important project. I would like to convey our sincere appreciation to the project’s stakeholders who have worked so hard to help fulfil this vision.”

Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, the CEO of Qatargas, said: “Qatargas is very pleased with the safe and successful commissioning of Rasheeda’s ME-GI system, which would not have been possible without the close collaboration between the charterers, the vessel owner, the vessel operator, the engine manufacturer and the equipment suppliers. The project’s success represents a significant milestone in our efforts to proactively meet upcoming environmental regulations, honouring our commitment to ensure the highest environmental standards and deliver efficient operations on behalf of our shareholders. Through the implementation and testing of new technologies such as ME-GI, we demonstrate our continued commitment to build a world-class, pace-setting, ‘premier’ organisation – one that our people and our country are proud of."

Following this, the system will undergo an evaluation, which will study its technical and commercial attributes, in order to estimate its potential for installation on other Qatari Q-Fleet vessels. Currently, this fleet consists of 31 Q-Flex and 14 Q-Max large LNG carriers, which all use Man Diesel Turbo’s dual S70-ME low-speed diesel engines for propulsion.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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