HELSINKI, Finland -- Wärtsilä-Hyundai Engine Co. Ltd., a new joint venture between Wärtsilä Corp. and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. in South Korea, has received an order for 16 Wärtsilä 50DF engines for four ships to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries. The contract also includes an option of four more engines for a fifth vessel.
The engines are to be installed on FPSOs ordered by FLEX LNG. The first engine will be delivered in February 2010.
The Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engine is a change from traditional steam turbine machinery. The engine can run on natural gas, marine diesel oil, or heavy fuel oil, and can switch between fuels during engine operation. It is designed to give the same output regardless of the fuel used.