Keppel involved in landmark LNG conversion

Doha: Qatari shipping company Nakilat and Qatari LNG producers Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited have agreed with engine manufacturer MAN Diesel and Turbo to convert a Q-Max vessel to use LNG as an alternative to heavy fuel oil in the main engines.

Shipyard operator Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) will complete the ship’s conversion at its Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard facilities in Qatar’s Port of Ras Laffan. The modification will utilize MAN Diesel and Turbo’s ME-GI (M-Type Electronically Controlled – Gas Injection) systems.

The Q-Max will be the world’s first low-speed marine diesel engine to be converted to use LNG as a fuel.

“The control of greenhouse gas and exhaust gas emissions have a high priority in today’s shipping industry,” Nakilat said in a release.

The shipyard is a joint venture between Nakilat and Singapore’s Keppel. [14/01/14]

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