Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd has ordered 2 × MAN B&W 7S35ME-GI dual-fuel engines in connection with the construction of two 7,500 cubic-metre, liquid CO2 carriers for Northern Lights, the joint venture between Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies. Each ME-GI engine will feature MAN Energy Solutions’ proprietary EcoEGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system. Delivery of the 130-metre carriers has been set for mid-2024.The newbuilding carriers will be used in the first phase of Northern Lights’ transport-and-storage-infrastructure development and are designed to transport liquid CO2 in purpose-built, pressurised cargo tanks. The dual-fuel ME-GI engines will mainly run on LNG, while other innovative technologies – such as a wind-assisted propulsion system and air lubrication – will be installed to reduce carbon intensity by around 34%, compared to conventional systems. The ships are the first of their kind and have the potential to set a new standard for CO2 shipping on coastal trading routes.The Northern Lights project allows for further phases to expand capacity through future investments triggered by market demand from large CO2 emitters across Europe.Northern Lights is responsible for developing and operating CO2 transport and storage facilities as part of ‘Longship’, the Norwegian Government’s full-scale, carbon-capture-and-storage (CCS) project. Northern Lights will create the first ever, cross-border, open-source, CO2 transport-and-storage infrastructure network, offering European companies the opportunity to store their CO2 safely and permanently underground.