The Turkish energy company Karpowership has placed an order with MAN Diesel & Turbo for a total of 38 engines of the type MAN 51/60. 18 of the units will be multi-fuel engines, which can be run on gas or liquid fuel. Another 20 are gas only engines, including the MAN 18V51/60G TS, currently the most powerful gas engine available. The engines each have a power output of 18.5 – 20.4 MW, and deliveries are due to start later this year. Installation and commissioning will take place in 2017 and 2018. The total volume of the order is in the 3-digit million range.
The engines will be employed in Karpowership's powership fleet. "Powerships perform an important function … they quickly and reliably make power available, which not only enables economic growth but also secures the livelihood of millions of people around the world," commented Wayne Jones, chief sales officer of MAN D&T.
Karpowership is the only company that operates fleet consisting entirely of powerships. A total of 13 ships currently generate a total capacity of more than 2.7 GW. Further ships with a power capacity of 5.3 GW are now under construction.