The first ship to use gas engines to produce more than 100MW of power will be in service in Brazil’s offshore oil fields. The P-63 floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel has a Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engine.
The Wärtsilä engine can run on treated crude or well gas and also on marine diesel oil, meaning almost no marine diesel oil would need to be shipped to the boat. Thus greatly reducing operational costs.
Wärtsilä was contracted by the Brazilian industrial group QUIP, to provide a turnkey package for this vessel. The package includes three main power modules, each comprising two 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF engines in V-configuration, alternators and all required auxiliary equipment, as well as commissioning, start-up, and operational supervision.
Following the completion of load tests in China it will be deployed to Brazil later this year.