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Rugby, United Kingdom, 2012/04/11 - GE Energy’s Power Conversion business was the successful tenderer for the supply of the major elements of power, control and automation equipment in the mid-life upgrade of a Morris container handling ship-to-shore crane at the port of Felixstowe. NYSE: GE
Strategically located in south east England, Felixstowe is the United Kingdom’s largest container port and is among the largest in Europe.
GE Energy’s Power Conversion business delivered an entire new ProCrane main hoist AC drive and motor system to replace the existing DC equipment. In addition, GE will upgrade the control and automation system comprising a number of PLCs and an extensive SCADA system.
Container handling at a major strategic port is a business in which reliability isn’t optional—the major assets must remain available 24/7 throughout the year. GE has been contracted to provide an upgrade package comprising of a blend of new equipment and the comprehensive refurbishment of some existing systems in order to help maintain that reliability.
“We were absolutely delighted to have been selected for our first project with the Port of Felixstowe. Our advanced ProCrane AC drive system is in use in a great number of crane applications worldwide,” said Steve Raynor, growth region leader for GE Energy’s Power Conversion business. “Its extreme high-power density and advanced PECe control concept makes it ideally suited to such upgrade projects as its compact size means that it can fit easily into existing equipment spaces without the need for extensive modification. Power Conversion has demonstrated that it has effective engineering and support skills in addition to having advanced equipment—it’s that all-around capability that appeals to our customers.”
Final commissioning of the upgrade project was completed in March 2012.
GE Energy’s Power Conversion business is a leading supplier for the metals, mining, material handling and test bench industries for the most advanced and innovative electrical solutions combining motors, variable speed drives and automation and process control. GE’s strong familiarity with customers’ processes allows the development of tailored automation solutions to achieve unique performances like one of the fastest tinning process, some of the deepest hoist mine winders, advanced container cranes, the latest generation of super-heavy-lift cranes for offshore wind turbine installation or one of the largest wind turbine test bench.
About GE Energy’s Power Conversion business
GE Energy acquired Power Conversion (then known as Converteam) in September 2011.
GE Energy’s Power Conversion business applies the science and systems of power conversion to help drive the electric transformation of the world’s energy infrastructure. Designing and delivering advanced motor, drive and control technologies that evolve today’s industrial processes for a cleaner, more productive future. It serves specialized sectors such as energy, marine, industry and all related services. To learn more, please visit ge-energy.com/electrifyingchange.
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