WinGD has updated its X72DF dual-fuel engine platform with four new versions – which are also available with enhanced methane slip reducing X-DF2.0 technology.
In a statement issued yesterday (17 February), the company said that the X72DF – which is the best-selling engine in WinGD’s portfolio – accounted for every low-speed engine ordered for a newbuild LNG carrier in 2020. The X72DF is also applicable on Suezmax tankers, Panamax and sub-Panamax containers and Capesize bulk carriers.
‘Our most successful engine model is now available in four configurations,’ said WinGD Global Sales Director Volkmar Galke. ‘These options reflect the varied demands on shipowners to design vessels more efficiently, reduce installed power and cut emissions dramatically. Whatever route shipowners choose to meet these demands, there is now an X72DF that will work for them.’
Alongside baseline design improvements to the platform, an option is now available to optimise lower power output in five and six-cylinder configurations.
‘These new versions are also available with enhanced methane slip reducing X-DF2.0 technology,’ said WinGD.
The base version, X72DF-1.1, incorporates the company’s new engine control architecture, WinGD Integrated Control Electronics (WiCE). Several design improvements, focused on enhancing reliability while simplifying production and installation, were made along with the addition of a modular scavenging concept to improve control over combustion and emissions.
For five and six-cylinder engines, further optimisation is available to improve efficiency at lower power outputs. The X72DF-1.2 features a selected power/speed range with a lower specific fuel consumption. WinGD said that this configuration is designed specifically for ships like LNG carriers and ‘will be attractive to owners and shipyards seeking to limit installed power in line with the IMO’s energy efficient design indexes for newbuilds and existing vessels’.
The option of reduced power rating and limited cylinder configuration enables a more compact design, with a shorter thrust section, an optimised gear drive and a smaller fuel supply unit contributing to reduced engine length. This equates to greater flexibility in the engine room and versatility potential for the ship design.
The new versions are both available as X-DF2.0 upgrades featuring iCER (intelligent control by exhaust recycling) technology. Released in June last year, iCER reduces methane emissions by up to 50% compared with X-DF1.0 engines. The X72DF-2.1 and 2.2 have been specifically tailored for all LNG fuelled vessels.
All four versions are available for order now. The first delivery is scheduled for April 2022, with delivery of the first iCER-equipped version targeted for Q3 2022.