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Dual fuel technology for four SHI LNG carriers

LNG Industry,

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is one of the fastest growing energy markets worldwide, and global production capacity could be more than double by the end of the decade. Higher natural gas prices and growing efficiencies in the LNG value chain are making it economically attractive to ship LNG over long distances, transforming natural gas from a regional to a global market.

GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) is working closely together as a partner with the Power & Control Systems division (PCSD) of Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). Power Conversion has been appointed to equip four LNG carriers to be built by SHI at its Geoje facility in South Korea.

Making its mark on the industry

Paul English, marine vertical leader at GE Power Conversion said: “Working closely with SHI and SHI PCSD, which will deliver the switchboards, we will ensure that these new vessels will make their mark on the LNG industry; delivering to customers globally; addressing the rapidly increasing demand for LNG; and having an environmental friendly impact.”

Maximising efficiency, minimising emissions

SHI is one of the world’s largest ship builders and its LNG carriers and ultra-large container ships ensure its status as a market leader with. SHI has shown that electrical variable speed propulsion in combination with dual fuel engines delivers outstanding results – maximising efficiency and lowering fuel consumption and emissions. Dual fuel diesel electric has become a standard entity on LNG carriers as it offers greater flexibility and cost optimisation in operation, as well as using less power and offering greater reliability and more load carrying capacity. These ships will have less impact on the environment through greater efficiency with lower emissions.

Propulsion systems

The four vessels have been ordered and are being constructed for Bonny Gas Transport Ltd (BGT), a subsidiary of Nigeria LNG Ltd. Thanks to its extensive worldwide network, GE will be able to provide BGT with a local content of expertise as well as an after sales service for this project. For each vessel, GE, in partnership with SHI PCSD, will supply four power and propulsion systems comprising generators, main and cargo switchboards, transformers, MV7000 converters, motors, and remote control. GE is responsible for the design, engineering, commissioning, training, and assistance during the whole project execution, including the sea and gas trials.

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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