ABB to power Arctic icebreakers

ABB has won a $40 million-plus contract to provide energy-efficient power and propulsion systems for two new icebreaking vessels set to work offshore eastern Russia.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- ABB has won a $40 million-plus contract to provide energy-efficient power and propulsion systems for two new icebreaking vessels set to work offshore eastern Russia. The vessels, to be built by the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard in Finland, are designed to withstand extreme arctic environmental conditions.

They will operate in drifting ice up to 1.7 m (5.5 ft) thick and temperatures down to -35ºC (-31ºF). Both should be delivered in spring 2013 to shipping company Sovcomflot, which will use them to transport supplies to the Sakhalin-1 platform that will host the Arkutun-Dagi field development off Sakhalin Island.

ABB’s equipment will comprise power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors, and two 6.5 MW propulsion systems including drives and the Azipod energy-efficient electric propulsion units.

07/19/2011

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