John Cunningham (left)
former MD of Kelman LTD pictured with Bob
Gilligan, Vice President of General Electric
and Junior Minister Jeffrey Donaldson at the
acquisition announcement by GE Energy of the
Lisburn based company. Photo John Harrison.
THE Managing Director of Lisburn firm Kelman Ltd., a leading
provider of advanced monitoring and diagnostics technologies for
transformers, has described its acquisition on Wednesday by GE
Energy as 'good news' for all its customers.
Mr. John Cunningham said GE was a company "with numerous
strengths including its technology and research and development.
"The company's commitment to invest in people and products will
greatly increase Kelmans capability to bring quality products to
our customers around the world," he added. Kelman will enhance
GE's smart grid product portfolio.
These products are designed to help utilities increase
productivity and reliability, while also providing consumers
with information to better manage their electricity use and
Integrating real-time data and information management systems,
grid intelligence solutions help utilities optimize their
operations and extend the life of their equipment.
Adding Kelmans expertise, experience and multi-gas
measurement-technology will expand GE's smart grid portfolio by
providing utility customers with a much more
comprehensive-product offering. Kelman's advanced dissolved gas
analysis (DGA) capability delivers a new level of predictive
maintenance for the utility industry allowing utility operators
to have greater line of sight into the health and longevity of
their transformer fleets.
Kelman's advanced DGA technology provides critical condition
monitoring for high power electrical transformers.
This technology enables Kelman to deliver state of the art
multi-gas portable and on-line DGA equipment.
These products are now being used successfully by some of the
world's largest utilities to protect their critical assets.
"With its outstanding industry knowledge and proven technology,
Kelman is an excellent fit with our overall smart grid
initiative," said Bob Gilligan, Vice President of GE Energy's
transmission and distribution business.
"Adding Kelman's innovative transformer monitoring and
diagnostics capabilities will benefit our customers and allow us
to serve a broader base of users."
With the acquisition completed, Kelman's employees are now part
of GE's transmission and distribution operations.
GE Energy (www.ge.com/energy)
is one of the world's leading suppliers of power generation and
energy delivery technologies, with 2007 revenue of $22 billion.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy works in all areas of the
energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear
energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and
biogas; and other alternative fuels. Numerous GE Energy products
are certified under ecomagination, GE's corporate-wide
initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that
will help customers meet pressing environmental challenges.