ABB to provide power and automation for offshore UAE oilfields

By Jim Montague, executive editor, Control

Aug 03, 2015

ABB reported July 15 that it's received orders for $100 million worth of electrical and telecommunication systems, which will enable Hyundai Heavy Industries complete EPC work at Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co.'s Nasr Full Field Development Project. These systems consist of power management, power-from-shore and telecom systems interconnected to ensure highest-level efficiency, reliability and safety to help the Nasr project reduce emissions, ease operations and improve working conditions by lowering noise levels. Delivery is scheduled for third quarter 2016.

The facilities will be powered by a 132-kilovolt (kV) AC subsea ring cable from Das Island, about 160 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The power management system is based on ABB's System 800xA control system that integrates networking of transformers and switchgears, and enables operators to control this vast electrical installation safely and consistently. 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 gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) for one onshore and two offshore platform installations, as well as medium-voltage, 33-kV GIS and 11-kV and 6.6-kV air-insulated switchgear. Also, ABB will supply multiple types of transformers, shunt reactors and associated equipment from 500 kVA to 100 MVA, minimizing losses through the lifecycle and lowering environmental impact. The transformers and reactors are suited for hazardous and challenging environments.