ABB to supply turbochargers for LNG carrier sextet

A unit of Swiss engineering group ABB has secured a contract to deliver turbochargers for six new 174,000-cbm LNG carriers which will go on charter to Shell.

ABB’s A200-L turbochargers will work with MAN Energy Solutions’ new 5G70ME-C10.5-GA engines destined for the six LNG carriers, according to a statement by ABB Turbocharging.

Korea Line and Pan Ocean own two of these vessels, each, while Knutsen and investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management own one ship, each.

Also, South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries will build the Shell-chartered vessels.

Besides ME-GA engines, ABB said it would also provide turbochargers for the auxiliary engines on each vessel.

ABB says turbocharger performance is “particularly important” for dual-fuel engines.

“High turbocharging efficiency ensures that a high air-fuel ratio is maintained during high-load operations, reducing potential fast combustion, which can adversely affect operation and emissions,” the firm said.

In addition, the small footprint also translates into a lower cost of ownership as spare parts are smaller and more economical and the turbocharger itself is easier to handle for servicing, it said.

The firm did not reveal the price tag of the contract.

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