Wärtsilä’s Hydrogen Blend Enginesfor Keppel’s Floating Living Lab
The technology group Wärtsilä will provide engine generating sets, which will run on a hydrogen and natural gas blend, for Keppel Offshore & Marine’s ‘Floating Living Lab’, the first-of-its-kind offshore floating testbed in Singapore. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in December 2020 by Keppel FELS, a subsidiary of Keppel O&M. The FLL project comprises a floating barge with LNG bunkering facilities for harbour crafts and small vessels. It will also house an embedded power generation system to power Keppel O&M’s operations, with excess electricity to be exported to the national grid or stored in the FLL’s Energy Storage Systems.
The power generation system will operate on two Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas/LNG and having a combined output of 11.6 MW. The Wärtsilä engines are also capable of operating on gas with up to 3 percent hydrogen, and with modifications can utilise up to 25 percent hydrogen. The engines are scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2021, and the power generation system is expected to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2022.