ABB to power four LNG carriers to be built in South Korea

2 June 2013 (Last Updated June 2nd, 2013 18:30)

Swiss power and automation firm ABB has won orders worth about $40m from three unnamed gas transportation companies to deliver power and electric propulsion equipment for LNG vessels to be built in South Korean shipyards.

ABB LNG vessel carriers

Swiss power and automation firm ABB has won orders worth around $40m from three unnamed gas transportation companies to deliver power and electric propulsion equipment for LNG vessels to be built in South Korean shipyards.

Under the first deal, ABB will deliver its fuel-efficient propulsion plant to work with a duel-fuel diesel engine plant on a 155,000m³ capacity LNG carrier ordered by a South East Asian ship owner at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

HHI’s Ulsan yard is carrying out the construction of the new membrane-type LNG vessel, which is scheduled to be delivered in 2015.

ABB’s full delivery will include generators, switchboards, transformers, drives and propulsion motors.

ABB will also supply a similar power and propulsion plant package for two 160,000m³ capacity LNG carriers being built for an American gas major by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).

SHI will carry out the construction of the two vessels at its Geoje Island facility and expects to deliver them between 2015 and 2016.

ABB will also deliver the same package and extra switchboards to one 170,000m³ LNG floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) for a Norwegian/South East Asian shipowner.

The FSRU will be built at SHI’s Geoje Island plant and will be delivered in 2015.

According to ABB, as per 1 June 2013, a total of 38 DFDE LNG carriers are under construction or commissioning with its power and propulsion system.

ABB’s head of marine and cranes business unit Heikki Soljama said: "Repeat orders for LNG carrier power and propulsion systems via HHI and SHI consolidate our strong relationship with two of the leading yards in the field."


Image: As of 1 June 2013, ABB has delivered power and propulsion system to 38 DFDE LNG carriers that are under construction or commissioning. Photo: ABB.