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Man Diesel & Turbo receives ME-GI engine orders

LNG Industry,

The Norwegian shipping company, Knutsen OAS Shipping, has placed an order for 2 × 2 7G70ME-GI engines for installation in two 176 300 m3 capacity LNG carriers under construction. The specified engines are based on MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new, ultra-long-stroke, G-type concept to deliver an even higher, overall propulsion plant efficiency.

An ME-GI engine delivers fuel savings of more than 30 t of gas per day when operating at a normal ship speed of 15 - 17 knots. To date, MAN Diesel & Turbo has received orders for 42 dual-fuel units, representing a power output of 780 MW.

The ME-GI engine

The ME-GI engine represents the culmination of many years’ work. Depending on relative price and availability, as well as environmental considerations, the ME-GI engine gives shipowners and operators the option of using either HFO or gas – predominantly natural gas. An ME-LGI counterpart is also being developed that uses LPG and methanol.

Hyundai became the first MAN Diesel & Turbo two-stroke licencee to demonstrate the ME-GI concept in Korea in late-2012, with Mitsui following in April 2013.

The company sees significant opportunities arising for gas-fuelled tonnage as fuel prices rise and modern exhaust-emission limits tighten. Research suggests that the ME-GI engine delivers significant reductions in CO2, NOx and SOx emissions. Furthermore, the ME-GI engine has no methane slip and is therefore the most environmentally friendly technology available.


Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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