Major electric LNG propulsion order for ABB

02 Dec 2010

ABB has won an order worth $58 million to provide complete power and propulsion systems for six new LNG carrier ships to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. The order was booked during the third quarter of 2010.

The company will supply complete electrical systems for the ships; the delivery includes power generation and distribution systems, electric propulsion including propulsion control systems, and related engineering services.

ABB says that its proven solutions for electrical powered LNG carriers will provide these vessels with a high level of redundancy and reliability, in order for the vessels to be safely operated even if a failure occurs. The electric propulsion concept combined with the dual-fuel engines ensures full flexibility to use various types of fuels. This flexibility enables the vessel to optimise its fuel selection, energy efficiency and fuel consumption while achieving the lowest possible emission levels when compared to traditional diesel mechanical systems.

SHI claims to be one of the world’s leading builders of advanced high-end vessels for the oil and gas industries.

“Our long history of excellent collaboration with SHI, ability to deliver and commitment to helping them achieve their business targets helped us to win this important order,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s process automation division. “ABB’s strong in-house portfolio of quality products, proven project performance and excellent track record of delivering energy efficient, reliable solutions for our marine customers were also important considerations.”

Scheduled to be commissioned from 2012 through 2015, the ships will be used by several major oil and gas industry end customers to transport LNG. According to ABB, the global demand for LNG is increasing as a low emission, clean energy source for use in industrial, commercial and residential applications.

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