GE Supplying Equipment For Offshore Brazil Projects
GE Energy Management’s Power Conversion business will supply Singapore marine services company Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd. (SPO) with integrated power generation, propulsion, dynamic positioning (DP) and automation systems for eight new offshore platform supply vessels (PSVs).
Four of the PSVs are being built by Universal Shipbuilding Corp. (USC) in Japan and the remaining four by Estaleiro Ilha S.A. (EISA) in Brazil. The PSVs are designed to provide more rapid transit times between the home port and the oilfield, and do so by reducing fuel consumption and emissions, GE said.
Each of the PSVs will feature diesel electric propulsion systems driving GE’s Inovelis podded propulsion units. Inovelis is a pushing pod based on pump jet principles featuring a fixed stator vane and a nozzle that act together to guide the water flow across the propeller blades and housing.
GE’s scope of supply includes diesel engine-driven alternators as well as main and auxiliary switchboards. GE will deliver its equipment to the two shipyards between May 2013 and February 2014. The first PSV is expected to enter service in September 2013 and the last in September 2014.