ABB’s power solutions for oilfields offshore UAE

powercable-GlobalMarinePhotos-flickrThe power-from-shore solution helps reduce carbon emissions and ensures safety on an offshore platform. (Image source: GlobalMarinePhotos/Flickr)ABB has won a US$100mn contract from Hyundai Heavy Industries to install electrical and telecommunication systems at oilfields offshore Abu Dhabi

The solutions consist of power management, power-from-shore and telecom systems for platforms, which are interconnected to ensure the highest levels of efficiency, reliability and safety, said ABB. The facilities covered by the referred contract will be powered by a 132 kV AC subsea ring cable from Das Island, which lies about 160 km west of Abu Dhabi.

Additionally, ABB will supply multiple types of transformers, shunt reactors and associated equipment ranging from 500 kVA to 100 MVA as well as provide a complete and fully integrated telecommunication system to the Al Nasr super complex for internal and external communication and field security.

Key products include computer networks, electronic personnel tracking, camera system, radar, public address and general alarm systems, access control, telephone system, radios and transmission system between platforms.

According to ABB officials, the contract enables Hyundai Heavy Industries fulfill its obligations to Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) under an earlier deal to provide EPC work for the Nasr Full Field Development Project (Package 2).

ABB Process Automation division president Peter Terwiesch said, “ABB’s extensive experience in offshore oil and gas field electrification ensures high reliability and minimises life-cycle costs, while trimming the oilfields’ environmental footprint.”

The power management system is based on ABB’s System 800xA Extended Automation control system, which integrates the network of transformers and switchgears and enables operators to control this vast electrical installation in a safe and consistent manner.

It includes an intelligent asset management system for predictive maintenance of equipment, reducing operating costs and extending its service life.

ABB will supply 28 bays of compact 132 kV GIS for one onshore and two offshore platform installations as well as medium voltage products including 33 kV gas-insulated switchgear and 11 kV and 6.6 kV air-insulated switchgear.

ABB pioneered high-voltage GIS in the mid-1960s and has a global installed base of more than 23,000 bays. Its product portfolio covers voltage levels from 72.5 kV to 1,200 kV.

The project will be executed by the Swiss firm’s engineering services and project management team in Norway, with equipment manufactured by ABB in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and Norway. Delivery is scheduled for Q3 2016.

ABB has supported the Al Nasr Full Field Development Project from the concept stage, through front-end engineering and design and now the construction phase. The scope of supply includes design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning.

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