ABB to improve uptime and reduce maintenance costs for unmanned oil platforms

Global power and automation technologies specialist ABB will supply integrated electrical and telecommunication systems to the Al Nasr Full Field Development Project in Abu Dhabi, UAE as part of orders worth around $18 million received from National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC).

ABB’s solutions will enable NPCC to fulfil its obligations to Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co. (ADMA-OPCO), including safe operation of seven wellhead towers located approximately 130km northwest of Abu Dhabi City.

ABB has supported the Al Nasr Full Field Development Project from the concept stage, through front-end engineering and design to the current construction phase, with the scope encompassing design, engineering, supply, and supervision of installation and commissioning of equipment. The latest contract brings the total order value for ABB on this project to more than $120 million.

ABB will supply electrical, power management and telecommunication systems to ensure the highest levels of efficiency, reliability and safety for the project.

Peter Terwiesch, President of ABB’s Process Automation Division explains that tight power and automation integration is a key element of ABB’s Next Level strategy to ensure safe, reliable and efficient operations for customers. He added that the continuing orders affirmed the strength of ABB’s longstanding relationship with HHI and NPCC for this project.

ABB’s power management system will use its market-leading control system 800xA to allow remote operators to control the network safely and efficiently, ensuring continuous energy supply and process uptime, both critical factors in the oil and gas sector. An intelligent asset management system for predictive maintenance will further reduce operating costs and extend service life as it reduces the risk of failures and/or unexpected shutdowns.

ABB’s order includes 11 kV and 6.6 kV air-insulated and low voltage switchgear units that continually provide data to verify and ensure a high level of safety, availability and reliability; and a fully integrated telecommunication system to the super complex for internal and external communication and field security comprising of computer networks, electronic personnel tracking, camera system, radar, public address and general alarm systems, access control, telephone system, radios and a transmission system between platforms.

The latest order is scheduled to be fulfilled in the second half of 2016.

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