German engine maker MAN Diesel & Turbo has signed a co-operation deal with its American counterpart Fairbanks Morse.

The five-year pact will see the companies target the US market for gas and dual-fuel engines.

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s portfolio of gas and dual-fuel engines ranges from 2.3 to 17.6 MW while Fairbanks Morse produces engines in the range of 0.5 – 4.0 MW.

The deal was signed by Howard Barnes (pictured left), MAN Diesel’s senior vice-president of power plants, and Fairbanks Morse president Marvin Riley at a ceremony at Man Diesel’s headquarters in Augsburg.MAN Diesel and Fairbanks Morse deal

Barnes said: “The US is a significant market and offers tremendous growth potential for gas fired energy generation. With an installed base of over 1000 MW, Fairbanks Morse is a well-established player in this market. Working together we can offer efficient solutions for energy facilities of virtually any size. And two premium engine brands joining forces will certainly leave an impression.”

Riley added: “With access to MAN Diesel & Turbo’s portfolio of gas and dual-fuel engines, we can offer units up to nearly 20 MW and expand our range of high quality and flexible power generation solutions. This opens up substantial additional segments in the power generation market for us at a time when distributed energy is clearly on the rise in the US.”

Fairbanks Morse has been a licensee of MAN marine engines since 1995 and Riley said this will remove the need for a “familiarization phase”, while Barnes added that the two companies “will hit the ground running”.