Nakilat, Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited will convert a Q-Max vessel as a pilot project making it capable of running on LNG and reducing the ship’s exhaust gas and greenhouse gas emissions
Doha, January 13th, 2014 — Qatari shipping company Nakilat and Qatari LNG producers Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited have agreed with engine manufacturer MAN Diesel and Turbo to convert a Q-Max vessel to use LNG as an alternative to heavy fuel oil in the main engines.
The proactive initiative reinforces Qatar’s commitment toward the environment with plans to convert an existing low-speed diesel LNG carrier to use LNG as fuel thereby reducing the ship’s exhaust gas emissions.
Shipyard operator Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) will complete the ship’s conversion at its Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard facilities in Qatar’s Port of Ras Laffan. The modification will utilize MAN Diesel and Turbo’s ME-GI (M-Type Electronically Controlled – Gas Injection) systems as an innovative and flexible technology.
The Q-Max will be the world’s first low-speed marine diesel engine to be converted to use LNG as a fuel. The modification will meet current known and future stated global emissions regulations.
The control of greenhouse gas and exhaust gas emissions have a high priority in today’s shipping industry. In-step with the emissions regulations, the engine manufacturer, MAN Diesel and Turbo has made technical advancements to the low speed diesel engine to have flexibility to utilize Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), a cleaner fuel as compared to heavy fuel oil, as an alternative fuel source employing the ME-GI (M-Type Electronically Controlled – Gas Injection) concept. Evaluation of the proposed ME-GI design for the Q-Flex and Q-Max vessels has concluded in a high confidence level with regards to safety and reliability of the propulsion system.
This project is yet another milestone in Qatar’s standing as a reliable provider of clean energy to its customers in a safe and environmentally-sensitive manner and further evidence of Qatar’s proactive approach to the sustainable development of the country’s marine industry. So far the use of LNG as a bunker fuel source in the LNG shipping industry has been applied to conventional steam driven LNG carriers and more recently to Dual or Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric LNG ships with low pressure injected, medium speed four-stroke diesels.
The use of ME-GI as an alternative will allow a cleaner fuel technology with a significant reduction in environmental emissions, cleaner burning engines with potential to increase mean time between maintenance, provide flexibility of fuel supply to react to market changes and reduced bunkering activities which in turn will offer operations and marine risk reduction.
About Nakilat: Nakilat is a Qatari marine transport company providing the critical transportation link in Qatar’s LNG supply chain. Its LNG shipping fleet is the largest in the world, comprising 56 LNG vessels. Nakilat also manages and operates four large LPG carriers. Via two strategic joint ventures, N-KOM and NDSQ, Nakilat operates the ship repair and construction facilities at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard. For more information visit: www.nakilat.com.qa.
About Qatargas: Qatargas was established in 1984, and pioneered the LNG industry in Qatar. Today, Qatargas, under the guidance of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry of the State of Qatar and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Qatargas, is the largest LNG producing company in the world, with an annual LNG production capacity of 42 million tonnes per annum and is realizing its vision to deliver LNG to its customers around the globe, from its world-class facilities in Qatar. Qatargas’ Ras Laffan Terminal Operations team operates all the oil products, Tank Farms and related Marine Terminals at Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar. Ras Laffan is the largest LNG and oil products Export Terminal in the world. For more information visit: www.qatargas.com.
About RasGas: RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) is a Qatari joint stock company established in 2001 by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil RasGas Inc. RasGas acts as the operating company for and on behalf of the owners of the LNG projects RL, RL (II) and RL3 (Project Owners). With operations facilities based in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, RasGas’ principal activities are to extract, process, liquefy, store and export LNG and its derivatives from Qatar’s North Field. RasGas, on behalf of the Project Owners, exports to countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas with a total LNG production capacity of approximately 37 million tonnes per annum.
For pipeline sales gas to the domestic market, RasGas also operates the Al Khaleej Gas Projects, AKG-1 and AKG-2 supplying approximately 2.0 billion standard cubic feet (Bscf) per day. RasGas is currently adding production capacity by building the Barzan Gas Project which when fully operational in 2015, is expected to supply approximately 1.4 Bscf of additional sales gas per day to the Qatari market to meet growing demand for energy at power stations and downstream industries.
RasGas currently operates the Ras Laffan Helium Plant which was established in 2003 and came on stream in 2005. The plant extracts, purifies and liquefies helium from the North Field. The second helium plant entered production in June 2013 bringing the total liquid Helium production capacity to 1.96 Bscf per year. For more information visit: www.rasgas.com.