MAN Energy Solutions has been commissioned by Kawasaki Heavy Industries to supply two MAN 12V51/60 dual-fuel engines to a Japanese power plant, a first for the domestic power market. The engines are destined for the Miyako Island power plant, which is owned and operated by the Okinawa Electric Power Company (OEPC).
The dual-fuel engines will generate around 24 MWe in the plant’s role as the primary base-load provider for the small Japanese holiday island and its 50,000 inhabitants, expected to improve efficiency as well as drastically reducing emissions.
“The order for Miyako is a first for the Japanese power-generation market as these will be the very first dual-fuel engines to be installed in the whole country. Now we want to prove to our Japanese customers the various benefits that dual-fuel engines offer in supplying remote regions with reliable and independent energy,” commented Martin Höhler, regional head of sales for MAN Energy Solutions Power Plant business in the Asia Pacific region. MAN has a small history in the area – some years ago it supplied two MAN 18V48/60B engines for a power plant on the neighbouring island of Ishigaki.
“Our engines will mainly run on natural gas but, due to their dual-fuel capability, also offer maximum fuel flexibility and reliability. This is highly important for independent power supply for remote islands such as Miyako,” said Höhler.