GE to Supply equipment to Offshore Brazil Projects

GE Energy Management’s Power Conversion business has announced it will supply Swire Pacific Offshore Operations Limited with integrated power generation, propulsion, dynamic positioning and automation systems for eight new offshore platform supply vessels (PSVs).
Four of the PSVs are being built by Universal Shipbuilding Corporation 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 can do so efficiently by reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
These latest orders for GE reflect the continued growth in the global offshore oil and gas sector, including in Brazil and the Atlantic basin, that is driving the demand for more advanced support vessels.

Elements of GE’s delivery for these ships will be manufactured locally in Brazil where GE has invested heavily in production facilities for motors, alternators, variable frequency drives, distribution equipment, DP and automation as well as support services including technical assistance, spare parts and training facilities.
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.
“With large PSVs representing an increasingly important business segment for our customers, GE’s innovative power generation, propulsion, DP and automation technology will be vital in helping us provide our customers with reliable and efficient PSVs to support its activities,” said Neil Glenn, managing director of Swire Pacific Offshore. “The search for oil and gas is taking operators into deeper waters and greater distances from shore—it’s vital that support vessels such as these achieve cost-effective rapid transit times between home port and the oilfield without sacrificing the capability to operate effectively and efficiently once on site in DP mode.”
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