MAN Energy Solutions’ second-generation, Otto-cycle ME-GA engines taking over LNG carrier market with advantages in emissions and performance that establish new standard.
MAN Energy Solutions has announced that its MAN B&W ME-GA engine – the latest addition to its dual-fuel portfolio – has already won 100 orders since May 2021. Simultaneously, the company revealed that the first ME-GA-powered LNG carrier will enter service in the summer of 2023.
Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Business, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “The speed with which the ME-GA has reached this milestone is testament to its broad acceptance by oil majors, charterers, ship yards, ship designers and ship owners as the industry’s preferred, second generation, Otto-cycle engine for LNG carriers. This achievement adds to the strong foundation and proven track record that MAN Energy Solutions already has for bringing new technologies to the market.”
Each ME-GA engine comes equipped with Exhaust Gas Reduction (EGR) that reduces methane-slip emissions by up to 50%, compared to first-generation, Otto cycle engines without EGR. The increased focus on methane-slip reduction – as well as other operational/technical benefits – has essentially established EGR as a new standard in contemporary, LNG carrier designs with Otto-cycle engines.
The MAN B&W ME-GA engine delivers a low CAPEX solution aimed at certain vessel types and applications, such as LNG carriers, that are able to use ‘boil-off’ gas as a source of fuel.
Based on the well-proven MAN B&W dual-fuel design with minimal installation requirements, the MAN B&W ME-GA uses an efficient ignition concept and unique gas-admission system that delivers safe and reliable operation.
The ME-GA furthermore features minimal operational costs, simple supply and purging concepts, and low maintenance costs for its fuel-gas supply system. It joins the well-established ME-GI Diesel-cycle engine in MAN Energy Solutions’ two-stroke-engine portfolio, which now offers both low- and high-pressure, dual fuel solutions for operation on LNG.