WE Tech Solutions Oy has received an order to provide propulsion to a series of eight 174,000 m3 capacity LNG carriers with an option to extend the contract to an additional six vessels
Each propulsion package Shell orders includes two sets of direct drive permanent magnet shaft generators, variable speed frequency drives and a dedicated power management system. The economical operations solution supplies the vessels’ electrical power distribution from shaft generators allowing the auxiliary generators to be stopped and helps to save fuel.
WE Tech sales manager Peter Lindström said “Our state-of-the-art variable frequency drive technology together with permanent magnet generators which have the markets highest efficiency over the full speed and power range can fully satisfy gas carriers’ needs,” adding “with our solution, the energy efficiency of the machinery reaches unprecedented levels.”
The company’s managing director Mårten Storbacka said, “This is the third order from South Korean shipbuilding for delivering our economical operations solutions to gas carriers since WE Tech stepped into the Korean market in 2019. The previous two orders were for LPG Carriers, while this order is the first of many to follow for LNG carriers.”
This series of LNG carriers are chartered to Shell LNG via the owners Knutsen OAS Shipping, JP Morgan Asset Management and Korea Line Corporation. The vessels are being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co in Ulsan and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South Korea. The equipment delivery from WE Tech will commence in February 2021.
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