Dynagas Chooses GE Power Conversion for Sustainable Marine Solutions
Systems Based on Variable-Speed Drives are 30 Percent More Efficient than Steam Propulsion
Vessels Will be Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, a Strong Advocate of the GE Technology
GE Power Conversion Powers, Propels and Positions the World's LNG Carriers with the Latest in Efficient Technologies
PARIS — Greek shipping company Dynagas says it wants to support a cleaner environment through safe and efficient transportation of clean-burning liquid natural gas (LNG). "Dynagas recognizes its responsibilities to the industry to deliver its service in a safe, reliable and economically competitive manner," Mr. Manos M. Migadis, new building project team manager at Dynagas says. He further says, "The goal of the company, the LNG shipping arm of the George Prokopiou group, is to grow in size and reputation and expand its ability to serve the industry."
Two new dual-fuel-powered LNG carriers just handed over to 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. Dynagas also will take delivery of five other LNG carriers over the next two years, all equipped with innovative and energy-efficient variable-speed electrical power and propulsion systems developed and constructed by GE's Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE).
"Dynagas has a strong commitment to reliable, well-proven and energy-efficient propulsion systems," says Paul English, marine business leader at GE Power Conversion. "Earlier vessels have been equipped with steam propulsion, so we are very happy that HHI, which is a long-term customer of GE and a strong advocate of our induction motor-based systems, has convinced Dynagas of the merit of our technology."
For each vessel, GE will supply a fully integrated power and propulsion package that includes a MV7000-series induction motor, alternator, converter, transformers and switchboard. Each package is fully tested on a real-time simulator (RTS) that creates conditions at sea at GE Power Conversion's Power and Control Integration System Centre of Excellence (PCIS COE) in Belfort, France, before being shipped for installation by HHI at its shipyard in Ulsan, Korea.
GE's MV7000 drive technology delivers efficient and flexible control of electric power, which is some 30 percent more efficient than steam-based mechanical power and is now used across a broad range of applications and industries. The fully integrated package is backed up by a global team with technical expertise.
Since 2006, GE has supplied 37 electrical power and propulsion systems for LNG carriers. Paul English says the company expects further growth in the market and anticipates further opportunities, especially in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other emerging national economies.
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Paul Floren, GE
Power Conversion, External Affairs