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Power Below the Waves: ABB Subsea Transformers

Subsea Transformer Located in Åsgard Compressor Station: Schematic credit ABB

ABB has delivered subsea transformers for fields in the North & Norwegian seas & the Gulf of Mexico for operation at depths of up to 2,000 m. Subsea transformers are an ABB innovation. Deployed in extreme conditions in ultra-deepwater, these high-tech workhorses provide the power for heavy-duty equipment on the sea floor - enabling declining oil and gas fields to be more productive and making new deepwater fields accessible. ABB delivered the world’s first commercial subsea transformers in 1998 – a pioneering achievement that helped take subsea oil and gas extraction into a new and more productive dimension. These robust, maintenance-free and exceptionally reliable transformers are used to power the field equipment on the seabed – boosters, pumps, compressors, pipeline heating systems, frequency converters and wave hubs. They operate in some of the most extreme environments imaginable for transformers – at depths of several thousand meters and at distances of 50 to 100 km from the nearest platform or shore. The performance levels required of deep-sea equipment are very high, and reliability is decisive. Designed for endurance ABB subsea transformers are designed to operate in these demanding conditions of great depth and extreme atmospheric pressure. They are liquid-filled and pressure-compensated to keep the internal pressure close to that of the outside water by immersing the internals in liquid and eliminating all air-


WEG Supplies New Fuel-Efficient PSV Petrel

Photo courtesy WEG Electric Motors (UK) Ltd

WEG electric motors, generators, transformers, electrical switchboards and an automation system for energy management are all providing optimized operation on the first of a new generation of more fuel efficient cargo vessels built by Wilson Sons UltraTug Offshore, a joint venture between Wilson Sons and Magallane Navegação of São Paulo state in Brazil. The PSV Petrel is equipped with diesel-electric propulsion, costing around $25m


Alstom Consortium Wins Fincantieri Order For Carnival

ALSTOM has secured its third contract in recent months to supply equipment for major shipbuilding projects – mainly Carnival Liberty – scheduled for delivery in July 2005. The contract involves the supply of an electrical package for Carnival Liberty, the new vessel being built for Carnival Cruise Lines for a July 2005 delivery. The vessel, which will be built by Fincantieri at the Port of Monfalcone in the Gulf of Trieste, Italy, will be used for year-round worldwide cruising for up to 3


New Director Joins Braemar Steege

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Loss adjuster, Braemar Steege, announced that Ian Baxter (FCILA, ACII) will be joining the company’s Singapore office as a Director, effective 1 April 2009. Ian has been in the insurance industry for 35 years. The past 26 years have been spent in South East Asia. Prior to joining Braemar Steege, Ian served many years with the international adjusters, Thomas Howell Group, latterly as Director of Asia Pacific. Roger Law, Managing Director of Braemar Steege


Harris Pye Takes on More Offshore Projects

Global maritime and offshore oil and gas engineering company Harris Pye is making significant gains in the offshore oil and gas market, according to Group Managing Director Mark Prendergast. “We are currently undertaking three major rig renovations simultaneously in the UK, Singapore and Brazil,” said Prendergast.  “All three projects will be completed by the end of May, and I look forward to releasing project details at that time.”


ABB Drive System in UK Tidal Turbines R&D

Drive train at NAREC

The world’s first drive train test facility for tidal turbines and marine renewable technologies at the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) is powered by a state-of-the-art ABB drive system. The $20 million facility is part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in the north of England. Narec is a government-backed center for researching, developing and testing renewable energy and low carbon power generation technologies such as wind, solar


STN ATLAS Marine Electronics Wins Contract

STN ATLAS Marine Electronics has been awarded a contract worth $5.9 million by Kroeger Werft for the electrical equipment for the new 308-ft. research vessel, Maria S. Merian. It is being built for delivery in June 2004 on behalf of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Ministry of Education & Science. Equipment to be supplied under the contract comprises the electrical drive system for two podded 190kW propulsors as well as the electrical drive system for a Schottel pumpjet in addition to


ALSTOM Wins $102M Navy Deal

ALSTOM has won a second order of around $102 million to supply an integrated electric power and propulsion system for the Royal Navy’s Anti-Air Warfare Type 45 Destroyers. Following on from the first contract in April 2001 for batch one, this order is for batch two vessels and was awarded by BAE Systems Type 45 Destroyer Prime Contract Office. The order for the integrated electric power and propulsion system also includes the supply of major items of equipment including: 21 MWe


Alstom Chosen For Innovative Hopper Dredge Project

A new niche for Alstom to equip the first 8,500 cu. m. hopper dredge with electric propulsion. Alstom Power Conversion has been awarded a contract by E.N. Bazan-Juliana Constructora Gijonesa SA to equip the new 8,500 cu. m. hopper dredge for Dragages-Ports. Alstom will supply diesel electric power and propulsion systems including main generators, a 6.6 kV switchboard, distribution transformers and two synchronous motors each of 2,500 kW @ 1,500 rpm supplied through synchroconverters.


Alstom Chosen For Innovative Hopper Dredge Project

A new niche for Alstom to equip the first 8,500 cu. m. hopper dredge with electric propulsion. Alstom Power Conversion has been awarded a contract by E.N. Bazan-Juliana Constructora Gijonesa SA to equip the new 8,500 cu. m. hopper dredge for Dragages-Ports. Alstom will supply diesel electric power and propulsion systems including main generators, a 6.6 kV switchboard, distribution transformers and two synchronous motors each of 2,500 kW @ 1,500 rpm supplied through synchroconverters.


Wärtsilä Wins Jack-up Barges Contract

An NPCC jack-up barge. Two more have been ordered with integrated Wärtsilä solutions. (Photo courtesy of NPCC)

 Wärtsilä integrated solution selected for new offshore jack-up barges   Two new jack-up barges ordered by the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), based in the United Arab Emirates, will feature fully integrated Wärtsilä power generation and electrical


Smooth Sailing for MSC with GE Marine On Board

MSC Preliminary Courtesy GE Marine

  When it comes to taking thousands of passengers on the luxury cruise of a lifetime, it’s reassuring to have a name like GE ensuring you a smooth and pleasant journey.  While MSC with its next generation ships may be setting off to conquer more distant waters


ABB to Power Tallink's LNG Ferry

Photo courtesy of Tallnik

ABB has won an order to deliver complete electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and an energy management solution for Estonia-based Tallink Grupp´s new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered fast ferry. The large-scale ferry will be built at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland for


Pacesetter Award Winners Announced for 2014 Navigation Season

Betty Sutton (Photo: SLSDC)

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) has announced that eight U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System are receiving the prestigious Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award.   The awards were given for registering increases in international cargo tonnage


Alu Design to Create Next Generation of Marine Chairs

There’s a new designer in the driving seat at Alu Design. Per Ivar Selvaag, the former Lead Designer at BMW Group and Chief Designer of Peugeot’s concept car division, has signed an agreement with the Kristiansand, Norway-based company to design its marine pilot and operator chairs.


ABB wins UAE Order for Solar Power Grid Integration

Dubai

 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $55 million from Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), the leading power utility in United Arab Emirates (UAE), to build a substation that will integrate power from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al


L-3 SAM Electronics to Equip Two OSVs

Image courtesy of L-3 SAM Electronics

L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to provide the complete electrical package, including cable engineering and installation, energy distribution, propulsion, lighting and infotainment systems, as well as internal and external communications systems


ABB Commissions World Highest Capacity Circuit Breaker

ABB has designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned a 1,200-kilovolt (kV) circuit breaker the highest AC voltage level in the world. Once the 1200 kV ultrahigh-voltage switchgear is fully operational, it will have a switching capacity of 10


Damen Responds to Evolving Fishing Practices

Photo: Damen

Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam meets fishing sector’s growing needs by performing electric pulse fishing conversions   As European fishing policies evolve, so fishing techniques advance. One of the latest technologies available is electric pulse fishing


Thieves Fry Kenya's Power Grid to Cook Fast Food

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The morning scene is increasingly routine for Kenyans. When it's time to start the day, the power is already out. Somewhere nearby, the shell of a wrecked electrical transformer lies on its side underneath the pole where it had been fixed 20 feet off the ground.


Transformers Safely, Precisely Handling Costly Freight

The 109.4 ton transformer weighed before its trip to India has its tonnage exactly verified by the Enerpac EVO hydraulic synchronous lifting system

An Enerpac EVO synchronous lifting system has helped save a transformer manufacturer hundreds of thousands of dollars in freight from New Zealand to India by safely and precisely weighing the electrical equipment to exactly verify that its tonnage came in under local shipping port weight limits.


GE Powers Diadema Cruise Ship

Fincantieri shipyard to equip in-board propulsion for Carnival and Costa vessels, GE’s Power Conversion business has helped the shipyard successfully deliver the Costa Diadema cruise ship to the Carnival Corporation on October 28, 2014.


ABB Wins Contract from Chinese Shipyard

LNG illustration courtesy ABB

  ABB announced that it will deliver advanced electrical propulsion systems for four LNG carriers under construction by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. The LNG vessels are a joint venture between China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)


New Chains Replace Steel for Lashing Cargo

TYCAN chains with Dyneema replace steel chains for lashing cargo. (Photo DSM Dyneema, DYNPR301)

Industrial chains for handling heavy loads are being produced for the first time from DSM’s ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema.   DSM Dyneema has formed a strategic partnership with Load Solutions AS in Bergen, Norway, for development


Gas Turbine Alternator Installed into Aircraft Carrier

Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance has completed the installation of the first MT30 Gas Turbine Alternator (GTA) package into the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, at Babcock’s Rosyth shipyard in Scotland.  






 
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