Wärtsilä to Supply FSU, Shuttle Tanker, Inert Gas Systems

Press Release
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Inert Gas System Units: Photo credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is to supply inert gas systems for a Floating Storage Unit (FSU) on Norway's Heidrun offshore oil & gas field, and for two supporting shuttle tankers.

The FSU is owned by Statoil, the Norwegian state owned energy company, and the tankers by AET Tanker Holdings, the Singapore based petroleum transportation company. All three vessels are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea. The Wärtsilä contract with SHI was signed in February 2013. Delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for October, 2013.

The design and engineering of the systems is specifically intended for offshore applications with the nitrogen generators allowing for larger capacities. "Wärtsilä is the market leader in the supply of inert gas systems to the offshore industry, where the technical specifications are extremely high. Our comprehensive offering to this sector is based on years of experience and highly developed in-house know-how, and this order is further evidence of the company's strong reputation for providing technically advanced and reliable solutions," says Juha Kytölä, Vice President, Environmental Solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power.
 
Inert gas generator systems are used to prevent the gas mixture in cargo tanks or bunkers from reaching a range where explosions could occur. Inert gas maintains the oxygen content of the tank atmosphere below 8 per cent, thus making the air and hydrocarbon gas mixture in the tank too lean to ignite. This is especially important during discharging when more hydrocarbon vapour is likely to be present in the atmosphere. This is also the case for the tankers during the ballast voyage. Inert gas can also be used to purge the tank of volatile components in preparation for gas freeing, i.e. replacing the gas mixture with breathable air. Nitrogen generators are then used to supply dry air and oil-free inert gas for purging, pressurising, and blanketing functions.
 
The FSU is expected to operate in the Norwegian Sea's Heidrun oil and gas field until at least 2045. The FSU will export the oil from the field and will be connected to a buoy. The product crude oil is loaded onto the FSU vessel via a subsea pipeline and underwater hoses which are pertinent parts of the crude oil exporting facility. Cargo from the FSU is pumped through offloading hose-strings to the shuttle tankers. Wärtsilä has also been contracted to supply deep well pumps and fire water packages to the same FSU. Since its acquisition of Hamworthy in 2012, Wärtsilä has expanded its offering to the offshore oil & gas sector to include a complete range of liquid cargo handling products including inert gas systems, pumps and gas reliquefaction plants.

 

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Contracts

Transpacific Container Shippers Plan Price Rise

A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Jan. 15, corresponding to an increase of 26.

DP World: Shareholders Back EZW buy, London Delisting

Shareholders of DP World have approved buying Economic Zones World from its majority shareholder and also backed the port operator's delisting from the London Stock Exchange,

EU Bans Crimea Investment, Targets Oil, Cruise Sectors

Measures take effect on Saturday; aim is to keep pressure on Russia over Ukraine. The European Union banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European

LNG

Becker Marine Delivers Rudder for Largest Containership

Becker Marine Systems delivers rudder for the largest container ship in the world   At 19,000 TEU, the largest container ship in the world is now picking up speed

DSME Returns for More Dual-Fuel Engines

MAN Diesel & Turbo received an order for four MAN B&W 5G70ME-GI engines in connection with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.,Ltd. (DSME) agreeing a deal

USCG Addresses Future of Marine Fuels

The future of marine fuels from the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise   The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association hosted The Future of Marine

Maritime Safety

USCG Commandant to Address PVA Convention

Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft will attend the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2015 in Long Beach, Calif. and deliver a keynote

Rig Moves: Mobilized for Performance

The operation of an oil field involves moving rigs or jackups in a maneuver referred to as a rig move. These complex operations require experience and the coordination of all stakeholders.

First ShipArrestor System Delivered in Norway

Following a full product trial in New Zealand, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has signed its acceptance of the first of two ShipArrestor systems from Miko Marine,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1816 sec (6 req/sec)