Bestobell Marine has secured two new orders to supply its range of high pressure globe and check valves to be used in high pressure fuel gas systems on board ships.

The valves will be used within the pump and vaporizer skids for six LNG carriers that are being built at DSME shipyard and also for two LNG carriers being built at SHI (Samsung Heavy Industries) – both in South Korea and due to be fitted with the MAN ME-GI engine.

Bestobell Marine’s high pressure cryogenic globe valves will be fitted in the pipework downstream of the high pressure pumps and will play a vital part in managing the fuel gas supply to the engine.

The orders represent a significant upturn in demand for high pressure cryogenic valves for marine applications, as Sales Director Duncan Gaskin explained, “With the introduction of the MAN ME-GI engine two years ago and with now over 100 sold, it is driving a rapid increase in demand for high pressure cryogenic valves for fuel gas systems.”

“We are helping to meeting the challenge created by this demand with our new range of high pressure valves. These latest orders have really put our valves at the forefront of this exciting new market.”

Potential

LNG is fast-growing as the marine fuel of the future, with gradually tightening emission limits requiring ship owners and traders to use fuel on-board with an increasingly lower sulfur content.

As gasworld explores in its upcoming hot topic featuring both Bestobell Marine and Herose GmbH, while the currently low price of oil may have caused a temporary slowdown in marine LNG adoption, the general consensus is that LNG will be the fuel of the future in this business – and drive equipment demand for the gases industry as a result.

This has already been borne out with a number of key contracts secured for both companies; today’s announcement by Bestobell Marine is further proof of this trend.

The company has developed a bespoke range of high pressure cryogenic globe valves to meet the exacting standards required of the valves for these new (LNG) fuel gas systems. The valves are designed to stand a maximum pressure of 370 bar and Bestobell Marine is also developing another range of valves that can operate up to a maximum pressure of 625 bar.

Bestobell Marine already has an extensive list of projects to which it has supplied cryogenic valves for fuel gas systems, including the five Teekay LNG carriers being built at DSME shipyard, the two Knutsen LNG carriers being built at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard, and the three LEG carriers to be built in China for Ocean Yield of Norway, which are also the first to use ethane as a fuel.