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GE showcases innovative LNG solutions

LNG Industry,

GE will showcase a number of innovative and efficient solutions to meet demands of the global commercial and naval marine industry, at the 2014 SMM trade fair.

According to Afra Gerstenfeld, GM of GE Transportation’s Marine Group: “The products and services GE provides can help customers operate ships more efficiently, reduce emissions and meet stringent global environmental regulations. Our expertise covers gas turbine propulsion systems and solutions, diesel engines, rotating machines, variable speed drives and automation control systems - for many ship types, notably specialty vessels such as LNG carriers, cruise ships, high-speed yachts, as well as offshore oil and gas vessels, drill ships, tugboats and workboats.”

LNG-fuelled ferry

The fast ferry Francisco, operated by Buquebus between Buenos Aires and Montevideo, is due to begin operation on LNG later this month. This ferry is powered by two of GE’s dual fuel 25 MW gas turbines, allowing the vessel to achieve speeds in excess of 50 knots during normal operation on either gas or liquid fuel.

Gas turbine-powered vessels

GE Marine and Lloyd’s Register recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to identify potential gas turbine-powered commercial ship projects. This MOU allows GE and Lloyd’s Register to work with some of the leading shipyards to approve in principle GE gas turbine-powered commercial vessels for global customers.

Separately, GE Marine, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) and Lloyd’s Register have jointly developed a design for a gas turbine-powered LNG carrier. This carrier will provide low life cycle cost, high environmental performance and flexible design. The initial LNG carrier design will be built around a GE gas turbine-based COmbined Gas turbine Electric and Steam system (COGES). Approval in Principle for this design was recently granted by Lloyd’s Register.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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