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GE supplies power and propulsion to 6 Petrobras rigs

Friday, October 5, 2012

GE's Power Conversion Business has signed a contract to provide power, propulsion and drilling rig power for 6 semi submersible drilling rigs operated by Petrobras in Brazil.

The contract is worth over $120m.

GE signed the contract with Keppel Offshore and Marine Ltd, the designer and builder of the rigs.

GE says that its technology units provide more flexibility in where the components, such as diesel generators and switchboards, can be placed around the rig.

You can also separate the power equipment, to fulfil safety and redundancy requirements.

"It is possible to design a vessel so that flooding or fire in a specific compartment will not lead to a blackout of the total propulsion system or power supply system. Controlled-specified operation can continue to ensure the safety and availability of the vessel," GE says.

'The flexibility and configurability of our electric power and propulsion system means that operators can grab all the advantages of multiple levels of redundancy and convert them into improved vessel availability without having to pay an unreasonable penalty in terms of weight, machinery space and capital equipment cost.' said Paul English, marine leader, GE's Power Conversion business.



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