Samsung Heavy Industries has placed an $80 million order to procure electrical power systems, motors, and energy-efficient drives from ABB for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and five drilling vessels to be constructed at Samsung’s shipyard located in Korea.
Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard business concentrates on a variety of large vessel types, which include semi-submersible drilling rigs, drill ships and LNG carriers.
Of the five drill ships to be constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries, three will be for the Norwegian company, Seadrill, one will be for the UK-based Ensco, and one will be for the Brazilian company, Pacific Drilling. The two LNG carrier vessels will be built for the UK-based Golar LNG. The vessels will be utilized for the extraction, processing and transportation of oil and gas.
For the seven vessels, ABB will supply its entire electrical system, which includes power production and supply systems and equipment, variable frequency motors and drives to power main propulsion systems and thrusters, and drives for the topside drilling equipment. ABB’s products will deliver consistent power supply to enhance the utilization of onboard equipment and will facilitate the ships to improve their energy efficiency. The commissioning of the project will be from 2014 to 2015.
ABB’s Head of Process Automation division, Matti Reinikkala stated that this project corroborates ABB’s ability to provide complete and reliable solutions that enable its marine customers to work at very high efficiency. The company’s expertise and resources in the oil and gas industry enables it to handle the specific operational challenges and process requirements of offshore and at marine operations.