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Wärtsilä Supplies Power System for Wind Turbine Installation Ship

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Wärtsilä is represented in Australia by Wartsila Australia Pty Ltd .

With renewable and sustainable energy becoming a visible election issue in recent times, Australian industry may be more than a little interested in the news that Wärtsilä signed a contract with Lamprell plc of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to supply a complete ship power system for a new wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV).

Wärtsilä's solution was specifically selected for its low fuel consumption, environmentally sound technology and global service support.

The vessel's owner is Fred Olsen Windcarrier AS and a launch is scheduled for summer 2012.

Christopher Heidenreich-Andersen, Technical Manager of Fred Olsen Windcarrier AS said, "Wärtsilä will provide us with state-of-the-art diesel electric machinery, which will give us excellent operational flexibility and reliability as well as lower emissions and reduced fuel consumption."

Lamprell's Project Manager Darren MacDonald stated, "Wärtsilä meets all the requirements concerning the delivery strategy, and furthermore is aligned to our philosophy of not compromising on quality.

“We are confident in the company's technology and capabilities to deliver environmentally efficient equipment on time, which fully supports our aim of setting new benchmarks for the quality and capability of vessels in this industry."

The vessel is to be built by Lamprell plc, a UAE-based company specialising in marine and offshore new-build constructions, and the refurbishing of rigs and lift boats for the oil and gas industries.

As a provider of complete ship power solutions, Wärtsilä is able to optimise both the technical performance of the onboard equipment and the overall operating costs of the vessel.

Flexible power generation

The engine configuration is based on fuel-efficient Wärtsilä medium speed engines. The supply includes one 6-cylinder, two 9-cylinder and one 12-cylinder generating sets based on the Wärtsilä 32 engine, the bow thrusters, the power drive and the automation systems.  

The operational profile of a WTIV requires appropriate power to meet the various operation modes and Wärtsilä's fully diesel electric machinery allows for such flexible power.

Huge potential demand

According to estimates by the European Wind Energy Association, the energy production from offshore wind resources is set to sharply increase. To meet increasing energy demands and the need to reduce CO2 emissions, as many as 20,000 offshore wind turbines are expected to be built over the coming decade.

An efficient solution

In commenting on the award of this contract, Arthur Boogaard, General Manager, Special Segment Sales, Wärtsilä said, "The mechanical configuration of the ship has to take into consideration the vessel's operational properties, and all the power requirements of the considerable amount of equipment onboard.

“We also had to provide the most efficient solution in terms of fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.”

The WTIV will be 131 metres long with a beam of 39 metres, and capable of speeds of up to 12 knots.

Key capabilities include:

  • Heavy load-carrying capacity
  • Equipped with dynamic positioning technology
  • Superior manoeuvrability in port
  • Transportation of up to 10 wind turbines on deck, each with rotors of more than 100m diameter

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