Wärtsilä to supply reliquefaction systems for eight LNG carriers

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has secured a contract to supply reliquefaction systems for eight LNG carriers being built by Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua.

Illustration. Courtesy of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding

According to Wärtsilä, the vessels will be owned by various leading global shipping companies and will be equipped with Wärtsilä Compact Reliq Single Booster (CRSB) reliquefaction system each.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered commencing in 2024, and the first ship is expected to be delivered in 2025.

Wärtsilä Compact Reliq module. Courtesy of Wärtsilä

“Reliquefaction systems are today becoming standard on all sizes of LNG carriers and our Compact Reliq system meets this need perfectly. The booster function implemented on the Compact Reliq systems enables us to supply a reliquefaction system with superior efficiency and lowest-in-class power consumption, which in turn reduces the vessel’s gas consumption”, explained Pål Steinnes, Head of Sales, Midstream, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.

The order follows an earlier newbuild programme in June 2022 for LNG carriers and reflects the industry’s focus on efficiency and reduced environmental impact as a means for decarbonising marine operations, the company said.

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