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ABB wins $US100m order for automation solutions for UAE oilfields

ABB has received orders from Hyundai Heavy Industries for electrical and telecommunication systems worth around $US100 million.

It enables Hyundai Heavy Industries to fulfill its obligations to Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co. under the contract for EPC Work of Nasr Full Field Development Project.

The solution provided consists of power management, power-from-shore and telecom systems, which are interconnected to ensure efficiency, reliability and safety. 

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

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 132kV GIS for one onshore and two offshore platform installations as well as medium voltage products including 33kV gas-insulated switchgear and 11kV and 6.6kV air-insulated switchgear. ABB pioneered high-voltage GIS in the mid-1960s and has a global installed base of more than 23000 bays. Its product portfolio covers voltage levels from 72.5kV to 1200kV. 

Additionally, ABB will supply multiple types of transformers, shunt reactors and associated equipment ranging from 500kVA to 100MVA, minimising losses through the lifecycle and lowering environmental impact. 

The transformers and reactors are suited for hazardous and challenging environments. Power from shore can be an environmentally friendly and cost effective alternative to on board power generation on offshore installations. 

ABB will also provide a complete and fully integrated telecommunication system to the Al Nasr super complex for internal and external communication and field security. Key products are computer networks, electronic personnel tracking, a camera system, radar, public address and general alarm systems, access control, a telephone system, radios and a transmission system between platforms. 

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