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MHI-MME to supply UST plants for four LNG carriers

LNG Industry,

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd (MHI-MME), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI), has received orders from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (HHI) of Korea for four Ultra Steam Turbine (UST) plants to be installed in four liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers HHI is to construct for Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), the state-owned oil and gas provider in Malaysia. The orders, which were received with an option on additional USTs for four more carriers, marks the first time the MHI group has sold USTs outside Japan. Delivery is scheduled for 2015.

The four UST plants on order consist of four marine turbines and eight boilers. The technology incorporated into the UST was developed by MHI independently. The adoption of a reheating cycle, a field in which the company has a strong track record in onshore commercial power generation plants, results in a near 15% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to conventional steam propulsion plants, making USTs more economical and environmentally compatible. ??The USTs on order from HHI will serve as the main engines of Petronas's four new LNG carriers, which will play a major role in transporting LNG produced in Petronas's future LNG projects.??

MHI-MME is an MHI group company launched this October taking over MHI's former operations in the development, engineering, sale, after-sale servicing and licensing of marine machinery and marine engines. MHI-MME is currently undertaking the manufacture of USTs for eight ships under construction by MHI.


Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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