ABB Turbocharging is set to provide A200-L turbochargers for the MAN Energy Solutions dual-fuel ME-GA engines that will be used on six new LNG carriers ordered by Korea Line, PAN Ocean, Knutsen OAS and JP Morgan under a long-term charter agreement with Shell.
The 174,000 cubic metre (cbm) carriers will be fitted with 5G70ME-C10.5-GA engines which, said ABB, can also ‘operate on synthetic or biomass-derived LNG as it becomes available, either for full use or as part of a fuel blend, further reducing climate impact’.
ABB will also provide turbochargers for the auxiliary engines on each vessel.
Turbocharger performance is particularly important for dual-fuel engines as it ensures that a high air-fuel ratio is maintained during high-load operations, reducing potential fast combustion, which can adversely affect operation and emissions.
In a statement sent to Bunkerspot today (14 October), ABB said the A100/A200-L series is its most advanced single-stage turbocharger technology for two-stroke engines, using ‘the latest thermodynamic and aerodynamic expertise to pack the highest pressure ratios and efficiency currently available into a compact unit’.
Alexandros Karamitsos, Head of Global Sales Low-Speed Turbochargers, ABB, commented: ‘When engine designers and OEMs want reliable high performance to support new engine technologies, they look to ABB turbochargers. I am confident that shipowners will increasingly value our combination of technology leadership and global service coverage as incoming emission regulations encourage them to explore new fuels and engine concepts. We are delighted to be involved in this groundbreaking project and grateful for MAN’s trust in our engineering expertise.’