Keppel’s floating lab to get Wartsila engines running on hydrogen blends

Finland’s Wartsila said it will supply engine generating sets, which will run on a hydrogen and natural gas blend, for Keppel Offshore & Marine’s floating living lab in Singapore.

Wartsila said in a statement it had secured the order in December 2020 from Keppel FELS, a subsidiary of Keppel O&M.

The living lab, the first-of-its-kind offshore floating testbed in Singapore, will feature a floating barge with LNG bunkering facilities for harbour crafts and small vessels.

It will also house an embedded power generation system to power Keppel O&M’s operations, while excess electricity will go to the national grid or in the facilities’ energy storage systems.

Moreover, the power generation system would operate on two Wartsila 34SG engines running on natural gas/LNG and having a combined output of 11.6 MW, the engine manufacturer said.

The Wartsilä engines can also operate on gas with up to 3 percent hydrogen, and with modifications can utilise up to 25 percent hydrogen, the firm said.

The generating sets will use the boil-off gas from the LNG process for power generation, and will run in parallel with the grid, energy storage, and solar energy.

Furthermore, Wartsila said it would deliver the engines in the third quarter of 2021.

Wartsila added the power generation system should go into operation by the first quarter of 2022.

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