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    Wartsila supplies hydrogen blends engines to Keppel O&M

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The engines, which will run on a hydrogen and natural gas blend, will be provided for Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) Floating Living Lab offshore Singapore.

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Wartsila supplies hydrogen blends engines to Keppel O&M

Wartsila on July 22 said it will provide engine generating sets, which will run on a hydrogen and natural gas blend, for Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) Floating Living Lab (FLL), an offshore floating testbed in Singapore.

The FLL project comprises a floating barge with LNG bunkering facilities for harbour crafts and small vessels. It will also house an embedded power generation system to power Keppel O&M’s operations, with excess electricity to be exported to the national grid or stored in the FLL’s energy storage systems.

The power generation system will operate on two Wartsila 34SG engines running on natural gas and having a combined output of 11.6 MW. These engines are also capable of operating on gas with up to 3% hydrogen, and with modifications can utilise up to 25% hydrogen, Wartsila said. The engines are scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2021, and the power generation system is expected to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2022.

“As the maritime industry moves towards cleaner energy solutions, Keppel O&M is leveraging its expertise to optimise energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions for marine vessels by exploring different energy mixes such as blending hydrogen into LNG, and using its Floating Living Lab to testbed these solutions,” said Tan Leong Peng, managing director (new builds), Keppel O&M.

“The Wartsila generating sets will use the boil-off gas from the LNG process for power generation and will be running in parallel with the grid, energy storage, and solar energy. With the focus being on developing competencies for greener fuels, our solutions for incorporating future fuels, such as hydrogen, is gaining solid interest for innovative projects such as this one,” said Nicolas Leong, energy business director, north & southeast Asia, Wartsila.