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Rolls-Royce LNG engines hit milestone

LNG Industry,

Rolls-Royce engines powered by LNG have completed 25 million hours of operation on land and at sea, since their introduction in 1991.

More than 650 Bergen lean burn gas engines are in service today, with a power output up to 9600 KW. The engines are used for a variety of applications ranging from powering ferries, cargo ships and tugs to a range of land-based power generation.

Major fuel option

Dr. Ulrich Dohle, Rolls-Royce Power Systems CEO, commented: “LNG is now firmly established as a major fuel option for the power generation and marine markets and this operating milestone underlines our position as a leading supplier of reliable, efficient, and clean gas engine technology.”

Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce President Marine, added: “Achieving 25 million running hours in almost 25 years is something we’re extremely proud of. The reliability of our pure gas Bergen engines, built up from many years of round-the-clock power generation, is a key factor in their continuing selection for marine propulsion.

“That inherent reliability coupled with low emissions and running costs, means we can offer ship owners a range of engines ideally suited to their future operational and environmental requirements.”

Reduce emissions

The gas-fuelled engines reduce nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions by approximately 90%, while sulfur oxide (SOX) and particulates emissions are negligible. Emissions from Rolls-Royce gas engines are already within the limits of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Tier III environmental legislation, due to come into force in 2016.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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