GE Unites With DSIC to Develop "Aero-engine" LNG Carrier

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December 4, 2013 

On December 3, General Electric (referred to as GE) Marine Operations, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd (referred to as DSIC) and LIoyd's Register of Shipping announced they will unite to design and develop a gas-turbine-powered Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier. This new LNG carrier will utilize a gas turbine core system employed by most of the airplanes in the world.

"It's basically a jet engine," said Brien Bolsinger, vice president of marine operations for GE Marine. This engine has been used on many Boeing 747 and 767 liners. The only difference is it provides power to planes and both electricity and driving force to ships.

According to Bolsinger, this "aero-engine" LNG carrier is still being researched and developed with the global market as its future target. No firm order has yet been received. However, the carrier boasts low operation cost, high environmental performance and flexible design.

Compared with traditional diesel engine, gas turbine engine has natural low emission. The most obvious advantages of this aircraft gas turbine engine lies in its volume and weight, 40% lighter and 60% smaller compared with gas turbine engines and medium speed diesel engine with the same power generation capacity.

This gas turbine engine could use multiple fuels including light marine diesel oil, biodiesel, biosynthesis kerosene and gas. Due to the application of airplane engine design technology, quality and anticorrosion materials, it provides maximum reliability and component service life.


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