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GE to outfit LNG carriers with propulsion systems

LNG Industry,

GE Power Conversion has received a new order from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) for electric power and propulsion systems for two LNG carriers.

Louisiana LNG

The LNG carriers will be built to transport LNG from Louisiana, in the US. Their construction is scheduled for completion between 2017 and 2018.

Electric propulsion technology is optimal for LNG carriers. GE’s induction-based propulsion motor technology and high output power pulse width modulation (PWM) technology improve reliability and help lower maintenance costs for vessels.


Commenting on this latest order, 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 of their equipment 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.”

“This order is based on the result of Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ evaluation of GE’s induction motor technology and its extensive track record. While GE has many achievements abroad, this is the first order that we have received in Japan. We would like to seize this opportunity and deploy more proactive business initiatives in Japan,” added Yoichi Yamaki, Regional Manager, GE Power Conversion.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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