GE's LM6000 Begins ABS Certification Testing
GE Transportation's marine gas turbine business has launched a program to obtain American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) certification, to the Steel Vessel and the new Naval Vessel Rules, for its LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine. GE plans to certify the LM6000 at a power level greater than 36 MW based on U.S. Navy standard day conditions (100ªF). "The LM6000 has been operating for more than 10 years in diverse marine environments. In fact, LM6000s have accumulated more than 290 000 hours on floating, production, storage and off-loading vessels, and aboard commercial power barges and offshore platforms," said Karl Matson, general manager of GE Transportation's marine business, Evendale, Ohio, U.S.A.
The LM6000 is certified for commercial use by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and is applied in a variety of power generation applications. By adding ABS certification, it is hoped that the engine will find applications in several next-generation naval programs that require electric and mechanical drive service such as the U.S. Navy's DD(X) program. GE expects to complete the testing program and receive ABS certification in 2005.