ABB has secured an order to deliver electrical propulsion systems for four LNG carriers being built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China.
The scope of ABB’s delivery includes medium-voltage generators, medium-voltage switchboards, propulsion drives, propulsion transformers, propulsion motors and propulsion control systems.
The company will also be responsible for the installation and commissioning of the equipment, as well as operator training.
ABB’s electrical propulsion system will offer lower fuel consumption and reduce emissions while improving manoeuvrability of the vessels, the company stated.
ABB Marine and Ports business managing director Heikki Soljama said: "China has developed into one of the leading shipbuilders in the world through a high level of competence in the design and building of LNG vessels.
"As a leading supplier of electrical systems for the marine industry, ABB continues to deepen cooperation with customers like Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilder and utilise our rich industrial experience and technical expertise to support the further development of China’s shipbuilding industry."
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The new LNG vessels will be owned by a joint venture between China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China LNG Shipping (CLNG) and Teekay.
After delivery, the carriers will be operated under 20-year time-charter contracts with BG subsidiary Methane Services.
Last month, ABB secured orders worth $60m from Meyer Werft to provide complete electrical power plant and propulsion systems for two new, luxury vessels. The company received $200m of orders to deliver power plants and Azipod propulsion systems to cruise customers last year.
Image: ABB’s electrical propulsion system lowers fuel consumption. Photo: courtesy of ABB.