ABB has recently won an order worth $58 million to provide complete energy-efficient electrical systems for six new LNG transport vessels to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) at its shipyard in South Korea.
ABB Australia is the Australian operation of ABB, the leading power and automation technology group.
Samsung Heavy Industries is one of the world’s leading builders of advanced high-end transport vessels for the Oil and Gas industries.
As part of the order, ABB will supply complete power and propulsion systems for the liquefied natural gas transport vessels including power generation and distribution systems, electric propulsion and propulsion control systems as well as related engineering services.
ABB’s proven solutions for electrical powered LNG transport vessels provide these vessels with a high level of redundancy and reliability to ensure safe operation even during potential failures.
The electric propulsion concept combined with the dual-fuel engines allows the vessels full flexibility to utilise various types of fuels. This flexibility enables the vessel to optimise their fuel selection, energy efficiency and fuel consumption while achieving the lowest possible emission levels when compared to traditional diesel mechanical systems.
Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division says that their past collaboration with Samsung Heavy Industries, ability to deliver and commitment to achieving the client’s business targets helped them win the order.
He adds that ABB’s strong in-house portfolio of quality products, proven project performance and excellent track record of delivering energy-efficient, reliable solutions for their 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 liquefied natural gas.
ABB’s Process Automation division delivers integrated automation solutions for control, plant optimisation and industry-specific application knowledge to industries such as oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals, minerals, cement, marine as well as turbocharging.