Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL), based in Sheffield, U.K., has received its first order from Wärtsilä Gas Power Systems (GPS), the gas power solutions provider for the global marine and energy markets.
The two companies announced a new partnership agreement in April, which sees Bestobell Valves being the preferred supplier of cryogenic valves for Wärtsilä’s market leading LNGPac fuel system.
As part of the first order, Bestobell has manufactured 20 cryogenic valves – which are a combination of Class 150 manual and pneumatic actuated globe valves - for the fuel system onboard m/v Osfriesland, a vessel which is being converted to run on dual-fuel – LNG as well as oil.
Bestobell Valves said it had to work to a very tight deadline to manufacture the valves, by supplying them within an eight week period.
MV Ostfriesland is a car and passenger ferry, owned by Aktien-Gesellschaft EMS, which sails between Emden and Borkum Island on the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park, an ecologically sensitive UNESCO World Heritage listed area in the North Sea.
The retrofit, which is being carried out by Wärtsilä, will significantly reduce the ship’s environmental impact, with the dual-fuel engines able to run on LNG as the main fuel, but with the capability to switch to conventional fuels, if necessary.
Mark Henley, Managing Director of President Engineering Group, said, “Wärtsilä is an important strategic partner and we look forward to this being the first of many important contracts over the next few years. We are seeing significant demand for our cryogenic valves for dual-fuel applications, as ship owners work to make their vessels more environmentally friendly. We were pleased to be able to assist Wärtsilä and our dedicated team worked hard to ensure we could turn this contract around within the short timeframe.”