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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-


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 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


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 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.


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.”


L-3 SAM Supplies Wind Farm Electronics

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L-3 SAM Electronics announced that it has been commissioned by steel contractor Bladt Industries A/S of Aalborg, Denmark, to outfit transition pieces for the EnBW Baltic 2 wind farm due to become operational this year. “The EnBW Baltic 2 project is the second major turnkey wind farm


Johan Sverdrup Field Concept Selected

Johan Sverdrup is among the largest oil fields on the Norwegian shelf, and will at peak contribute with 25% of the production from the Norwegian shelf. The giant field is expected to start production in late 2019. The field lifetime will be 50 years, with an anticipated plateau production of 550,000-650,000 barrels of oil equivalent/day (boe/d) field capacity (Statoil share ~40%).

Statoil and the partners in the Johan Sverdrup field have decided on a concept for the first development phase. The partners have agreed on a field center consisting of four installations and power from shore. The partners have decided on power from shore for the Johan Sverdrup field in the


ABB S2S System for Color Line Ferry

Photo courtesy ABB

ABB, a global provider of power and energy solutions, is to supply a complete Shore to Ship Power (S2S) system to Color Line’s ro-pax ferry, SuperSpeed1. The 34,231 tons gross SuperSpeed1, built by Aker Finnyards at Rauma in Finland


L-3 SAM Electrical Package for Pipelay Vessel

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L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that it has been awarded a major contract to provide complete electrical packages, as well as integrated navigation, automation, communications, energy distribution and propulsion systems for Ceona Amazon, the 199-meter offshore construction and pipelaying


Samsung LNG Carriers Powered, Propelled by GE

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


GE to Power Dynagas LNG Carriers

Arctic Aurora (Courtesy Dynagas)

Two new dual-fuel-powered LNG carriers just handed over to Greek shipping company Dynagas by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)—the Arctic Aurora and the Yenisei River—are the first part of the latest and possibly clearest demonstration of the company’s intent to reach a cleaner


Head of ABB Power Systems Leaving

Brice Koch: Photo courtesy of ABB

Brice Koch, head of the Power Systems division at ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has decided to leave ABB to become chief executive officer at Oerlikon, based in Pfaeffikon, Switzerland. Koch joined ABB in 1994 and held a number of roles in Switzerland before taking


Wärtsilä Inducted into SUNY Chancellor’s Society

Pictured in the photo (Left to Right): Aimee Bernstein, VP University Relations, SUNY, Maritime College, Amy Reynolds, Manager, Communications & Branding, USA, Wärtsilä, Michelle Romero, Market Development Manager-Americas, Wärtsilä, Frank Donnelly, Managing Director, Wärtsilä North America, Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York, Jukka Pietikäinen, Consul General of Finland in New York, RADM Wendi B. Carpenter, USN (Ret.), SUNY, Maritime College, Kevin Pleiss, General Manager,

Marine industry solutions and services provider Wärtsilä was honored at the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Society on October 28 in downtown New York. The event, hosted by SUNY Chancellor, Nancy Zimpher, was arranged to formally recognize top donors of the


New Science Vessel for USCG Academy

Michael J. Greeley Spirit of ’61

Viking Welding & Response Marine, Inc. have recently completed a 36’ research vessel, which is being used in United States Coast Guard Academy coursework this fall. Christened the Michael J. Greeley Spirit of ’61, the vessel was largely funded by gifts from the Academy class of


General Cargo Shipments Keep U.S. Great Lakes Ports Busy

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The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to October 31 were 28 million metric tons, down 7% over the same period in 2012. With only two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports are hustling to move as much cargo as possible.


GL RC Certifies CG Transformer

Picture from left to right: Holger Trecksel, Head of Business Development and Sales, GL RC hands the certificate over to Yves Vanlinthout from CG.

Transformer manufacturer CG has received certification from GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) for its liquid immersed SLIM and “Bio-SLIM distribution transformer.” The hermetically sealed transformer is also available with a bio-degradable transformer fluid which reduces the risk of


Subsea Energy Production Beats Topside Method Says ABB

Subsea Aasgard Field: Image courtesy of ABB

ABB recently entered a partnership with international energy company Statoil to develop power solutions for subsea oil and gas production. A key challenge they identify is to develop reliable long-distance power transmission technology and to build components that can function for several decades


ABB Reports $180 Million from Cruise Builders in 2013

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, won orders worth $180 million in 2013 to deliver complete electrical power plants and propulsion systems for six new cruise liners that include its latest-generation Azipod XO units. The orders make 2013 the best-ever year for ABB in cruise


GE Power Conversion

To Provide Hornbeck Vessels DP Hornbeck Offshore will employ GE Power Conversion’s latest generation DP technology for its four new multipurpose supply vessels (MPSVs). In their role as MPSVs, they can operate as either a subsea construction vessel capable of performing complex subsea


SNAME to Hold Technical Meeting

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The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) will host its sixth technical meeting for the 2013-2014 season Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Maran and Alpha Tankers, 354 Syngrou Ave., Kallithea, Athens. During the meeting, Dr.-Ing


 
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