This is supposed to be the biggest diesel engine in the world. In use since?
This is supposed to be the biggest diesel engine in the world. In use since 1933 it is installed in the Orsted electricity power house in Copenhagen.
But as of a few days ago the diesel has been silent, stopped. The engine, which was built by the Copenhagen firm of Burmeister and Wain, has been running almost continuously since it was built twenty five years ago.
But now the cost of oil has risen so high, and the consumption of the power unit so high, too ( in ten minutes it uses up about 500 litres of oil) that it has been found too costly by the Copenhagen authorities to run the diesel plant. Hence forth it will be maintained as a stand-by unit only.
In 1933 the plant cost 4 millioner kroner to build. To build the same plant today would cost something in the region of 50 million kroner.
The diesel motor which weighs about 1400 tons will in due source be sold for scrap.