GE to power Kawasaki LNG carriers

The two new vessels will carry gas from the Cameron LNG project in Louisiana, USA The two new vessels will carry gas from the Cameron LNG project in Louisiana, USA

GE Power Conversion will supply electric power and propulsion systems for two LNG carriers to be built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). The carriers will transport LNG from Louisiana, USA and will be completed in 2017 and 2018.

The contract is GE’s first with Kawasaki and marks its 28th order for an LNG carrier since January 2012. The company noted that electric propulsion technology – and in particular its induction-based motor and high-output power pulse width modulation technology – are optimal for LNG carriers, offering improved reliability and lower maintenance costs.

Paul English, marine business leader, GE Power Conversion said: “GE has demonstrated a low risk solution to KHI, showing professionalism in the execution plan and a high standard of quality control, which is the result of extensive experience in the supply of 65 Dual Fuel Diesel Electric (DFDE) drive systems with induction technology for LNG carriers over the last decade.

“GE is happy to forge this new partnership with a key player in the Marine industry showing its future commitment to Japanese customers.”

Yoichi Yamaki, regional manager, GE Power Conversion noted that GE aims to seize the opportunity the new contract afford to “deploy more proactive business initiatives in Japan”.

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