GE Canada has extended a maintenance and logistics support services contract with Public Services and Procurement Canada.
The contract will allow the company to continue its support to the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines, which propel the Halifax-class patrol frigates.
The extension will mark the 15th year of the existing contract of GE with the RCN.
GE Marine vice-president Brien Bolsinger said: "We are now in our 15th year and fourth extension on a contract awarded by Public Services and Procurement Canada. In fact, our original five year contract began in 2001; it was renewed in 2006 for five years, in 2011 for three years, and again in 2014 for one year."
The contract extension will enable RCN to deploy resources to other equipment and maintenance tasks, while GE takes over the maintenance responsibility of the LM2500 gas turbines.
Under the latest contract, GE will offer repair, operational maintenance and engineering support; parts warehousing and inventory management; assigning a field service representative support; promoting RCN naval engineering school training curriculum for on-engine and equipment maintenance; managing the configuration; and supplying the technical manuals.
GE Marine manufactures the LM2500 gas turbines at its facility outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, US.
The two-shaft LM2500 is modelled on GE’s CF6-6 aircraft engines and is equipped with features such as gas generator, a power turbine, attached fuel and lube oil pumps, a fuel control and speed governing system, associated inlet and exhaust sections, lube and scavenge systems, as well as controls and devices for starting and monitoring engine operation.