Wärtsilä Taps Into LNG Popularity

first_imgzoom With LNG becoming increasingly viable and popular as a marine fuel, Wärtsilä continues to develop technical solutions that facilitate this trend. The latest Wärtsilä developments in this field involve an upgraded version of the Wärtsilä LNGPac, a fully integrated fuel gas handling system, and improvements to the coveted Wärtsilä Gas Valve Unit (GVU).Wärtsilä introduced the LNGPac in 2010. It comprises a complete system for LNG fuel handling, which when introduced included the bunkering station, the LNG tank and Tank Connection Space with the required process equipment, the heating media skid, and the control and monitoring system.It is a unique system that has proven to be a valuable enabler of LNG fuel for marine applications with more than 20 LNGPac systems in operation or under construction. By upgrading the system into a more compact and technically advanced version, safety and reliability will be enhanced, while the capital and operating expenditures (CAPEX & OPEX) will be reduced.“The new system has fewer moving parts, and therefore less maintenance is required”Furthermore, the compact design and advanced integration of components makes installation at the shipyard faster and easier.The heating media skid, used to evaporate LNG for pressurising the storage tank and to provide the engine with the correct gas temperature, has now been removed as have the pumps. In looking beyond the fuel gas system, Wärtsilä has demonstrated its ability to integrate multiple interfaces within the LNGPac.The new LNGPac directly utilises the engine’s cooling water, which results in fewer interfaces and less installation work for the shipyard. By eliminating electrical consumers, Wärtsilä enables the vessel to become even more environmentally friendly.A similar improvement is made to Wärtsilä’s Cold Recovery solution, which enables the cold energy of the LNG to be utilized by the ship’s HVAC-system. In the new Cold Recovery system Wärtsilä directly connects the ship’s HVAC (or other refrigeration systems) to the Tank Connection Space, thus removing a complete circuit consisting of heat exchangers, valves and pumps.The Wärtsilä GVU is a module located between the LNG storage system and the dual-fuel (DF) engine. It is used to regulate the gas pressure and ensure a safe disconnect of the gas system should that be necessary. By combining the LNGPac and the GVU into a single, fully integrated system, considerable space can be saved and a simple ‘plug and play’ solution will save installation time and costs for the yard.New innovative solutions have been applied to almost every aspect of the new, compact and easy to install fuel gas system. These include an integrated airlock and control cabinet, a more compact bunkering station, an enclosed or integrated gas valve unit, and maximised LNG storage volume. Several of the features have been patented by Wärtsilä.The upgraded LNGPac system will be officially launched during the ONS 2014 conference and exhibition being held in Stavanger, Norway from August 25 to 28. Wärtsilä experts will be on hand at stand number K115 to further explain the benefits of these latest innovations.The new LNGPac will also be featured at the SMM 2014 exhibition being held in Hamburg from September 9 to 12, stand 305 in Hall A4.Press Release, August 26, 2014last_img read more

Uganda UN emergency relief chief urges better security to protect displaced

Touring camps in Uganda housing internally displaced persons (IDPs) who described the fear and suffering they have endured as a result of the activities of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today called for international action to promote better security in the area.Jan Egeland travelled to Pader district in northern Uganda, where he visited the Patango IDP camp. Leaders there stressed the need for improved water and sanitation as well as better health facilities and educational opportunities. Mr. Egeland also held a private meeting with a group of more than 30 women residents who reported that fear ruled their lives. Some of the women had had between one and four of their children abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the latest as recently as December 2005.On a walk through the camp, he held further discussions with community leaders, met representatives of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Medair, and visited a health clinic operated by Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) and International Medical Corps. Representatives of those groups stated that malaria and HIV/AIDS are serious concerns, with higher disease prevalence rates in the camps than in the rest of the country. After returning to Pader town, Mr. Egeland met UN authorities and NGO representatives from Pader, Lira, Kitgum and Gulu districts of northern Uganda. They highlighted the need for improved security, conflict resolution, camp management and increased available land so that people can help feed themselves.“The more than 30 NGOs working in northern Uganda have made a real difference in meeting the humanitarian needs of the displaced,” Mr. Egeland said. “Much more is being done now, compared to two years ago – but the international community must do still more,” he said. “Most importantly, we need to see better security and protection for the displaced,” he stressed.The Emergency Relief Coordinator also met ex-LRA combatants in Pader town. He underscored the need to do much more to encourage demobilization, reintegration and national reconciliation of ordinary fighters, but also emphasized that the highest commanders of the LRA – those indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) –must be brought to justice. read more

NewsAlertAmazon is buying Whole Foods in 137B deal

This Sept. 6, 2012 photo shows an Amazon logo at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite personal devices, in Santa Monica, Calif. The online retailer has launched a new section on its Canadian website devoted to clothing and shoes for both men and women. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Reed Saxon by The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2017 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 at 7:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NewsAlert:Amazon is buying Whole Foods in $13.7B deal NEW YORK, N.Y. – Online juggernaut Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion, including debt.Amazon.com Inc. will pay $42 per share of Whole Foods Market Inc.The deal is targeted to close in the second half of the year. read more