100 Orders received for ME-GI engine
MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that its ME-GI engine has now passed another milestone with orders for more than 100 engines received. Ole Grøne, Senior Vice President Low-Speed Sales and Promotions, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “With our ME-GI order book now having passed the 100-unit milestone, we view it as a sign that our confidence in this low-speed, dual-fuel engine concept has been both well-founded and well-timed, and that we are providing what the market desires.”
Also, the first two ME-GI units (MAN B&W 8L70ME-GI types) recently successfully passed their Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) in Korea, and have now been installed aboard two 3,100-teu container vessels currently under construction in the United States.
MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that the testbed performance of the ME-GI engines exceeded expectations, providing tangible evidence of the soundness of the concept. The company is pleased that this confirms the ME-GI’s high-pressure technology as a state-of-the-art solution, which the market has embraced, judging by the significant volume of orders seen in the short period of time since the ME-GI was launched.
Grøne added: “The development process, particularly in relation to the seals associated with the gas-supply pressure, has been demanding but the successful FATs have shown that this challenge has been fully resolved. Overall, the ME-GI’s fuel-gas system has performed extremely well, confirming our expectations and the experience gained from various demonstrations and tests. As such, MAN Diesel & Turbo is confident that the ME-GI engine will continue as the unquestioned market leader and the only demonstrated two-stroke, dual-fuel engine that has passed exhaustive testing.”
MAN Diesel & Turbo sees significant opportunities arising for gas-fuelled tonnage as fuel prices rise and modern exhaust-emission limits tighten. Indeed, research indicates that the ME-GI engine delivers significant reductions in CO2, NOx and SOx emissions. Furthermore, the ME-GI engine’s negligible methane slip makes it the most environmentally friendly technology available. As such, the ME-GI engine represents a highly efficient, flexible, propulsion-plant solution.