Kobe Steel Ltd. has received an order for two screw compressors for use with marine dual fuel engines. According to the company, this is the first time that screw compressors will be used to supply fuel to marine dual fuel engines. Plans call for Kobe Steel to deliver the compressors to South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. in August 2017.
The two compressors will be used with X-DF series engines from Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. The vessel will have a length of 977 ft. (297 m), a breadth of 157 ft. (48 m), and a cargo tank capacity of 6.3 million cubic feet (180,000 m3). It is scheduled to enter service in 2018.
The compressors will be installed in an LNG carrier to be owned by a 50/50 joint venture between Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Co. Ltd. (MOL) and Itochu Corporation for Uniper Global Commodities SE, a subsidiary of Uniper SE, Europe’s one of largest power and gas companies. Uniper Global Commodities will charter the new carrier for 20 years. The MOL/Itochu joint venture will manage the new carrier, which will transport LNG from a shale gas liquefying plant in North America to Europe and other destinations around the world.