Rolls-Royce’s big win includes marine engines

Paul Gunton

Paul Gunton · 02 December 2019

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Fourteen marine engines featured in the agreements that Rolls-Royce signed for more than 500 MTU engines and systems during the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai recently.

A total of five documents were signed between Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems and the partners Cooltech, EPG, SUMEC Machinery & Electric Co. Ltd., Tellhow and AFAI Southern Shipyard and cover the delivery of MTU engines of Series 4000, partly manufactured by MTU Yuchai Power, the joint venture of Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the Chinese diesel engine manufacturer Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company.

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First deliveries are to begin in the end of 2019. The agreements come on the heels of another major order from China which Rolls-Royce announced in the past week: In the biggest deal for MTU gas gensets ever, VPower has ordered more than 200 MTU Series 4000 natural gas gensets with a total power output of 430 MW.

AFAI Southern Shipyard has again ordered MTU engines at CIIE: A total of 14 engines of MTU Series 2000 will be powering new vessels built by AFAI. Ten of these engines are delivered in 2019, four units will be delivered in 2020. The company had previously already signed a Letter of Intent for four MTU Series 8000 to power the first high-speed RoPax ferry developed and built in China.

Tobias Ostermaier, President Greater China at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: “We are proud that our esteemed Chinese partners put their trust in our marine propulsion and power generation solutions. These agreements are a result of our efforts to grow strong partnerships in China and reflect the growing role our MTU products play in fulfilling the needs of the Chinese market. It also proves the importance of our decision to strategically strengthen our footprint in China.”

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