MAN Energy wins Oman gas engine plant deal

MAN Energy Solutions has won a contract from Oman LNG to equip a “pioneering” new power plant with nine gas engines.

The plant will be located in Qalhat, southeast of Muscat on the Gulf of Oman, and will provide 120 MW of power to an existing LNG facility of Oman LNG. It will replace an existing gas-turbine plant.Oman LNG facility will be powered by gas engines

The deal was signed by Wayne Jones, chief sales officer of MAN Energy Solutions ” formerly MAN Diesel & Turbo ” and Harib Al Kitani, chief executive of Oman LNG.

Jones said: “We are very proud to have been chosen for this exciting and technologically challenging project.

“The new power plant needs to be capable of using a variety of differing gas compositions and methane numbers with limited gas conditioning or blending. To master this, we have developed control strategies to ensure that the engines adapt to the prevailing gas configuration in real time for optimum performance.”

As fuel, the new plant uses gases derived from the liquefaction process, which can contain high inert components in the fuel and, therefore, may have much lower calorific values. Thanks to their customized design, the MAN 51/60 engines will be able to provide the required power, even at ambient temperatures of up to 48à‚°C.

Hajo Hoops, senior sales manager at MAN Energy, said: “This market segment has been completely dominated by gas turbines in the past, so this is a pioneering installation. We are thankful to Oman LNG for giving us the opportunity to show our MAN 51/60 gas engine is the ideal fit for this application.”

Hoops added that compared to the existing gas plant, “our engines will significantly reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions, while our modular-design approach guarantees top-of-the-line overall availability. The robust design of our 20 MW engine platform, the 51/60, is proven over millions of hours of operations all over the world and we are confident it will also perform well in Qalhat.”

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