Wärtsilä has announced that it has received its first order for carbon capture and storage-ready scrubber systems – CCS-Ready scrubbers. The order was booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in November 2022 and the delivery is expected to take place in 2023. Four 8,200 TEU container vessels, being built at undisclosed Asian based yard, will be fitted with Wärtsilä’s CCS-Ready 35MW scrubber in an open loop configuration. The scrubbers are termed CCS-Ready because, as part of their installation, Wärtsilä will perform additional design and engineering work to ensure that future retrofits for a full CCS system on the vessels have already been accounted for during the newbuilding construction stage.
Wärtsilä is currently testing its CCS system at 70% capture rate and a pilot installation will take place within the next twelve months.