ABB wins Western Isles FPSO contract

June 28, 2013

ABB has been awarded a US$20 million contract to provide power and automation technologies to a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

The unit is being built to Sevan Marine's cylindrical design at Chinese shipyard COSCO Nantong for Dana Petroleum.

It will be located on the Western Isles field on the UK Continental Shelf, 160 kilometres east of the Shetland Islands. 

ABB said it is its first power and automation contract for a floating production unit awarded from a shipyard in China.

The contract comprises safety and automation systems (SAS), information management system (IMS), condition monitoring system (CMS) and operator training system (OTS).  

Most of the power equipment is designed into an integrated and compact concept, including 11 kilovolt and 690 kilovolt switchgear, transformers, high voltage and low voltage variable speed drives and uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

ABB will deliver 16 different telecommunications systems; among them public address system, entertainment, meteorological and a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

ABB is also responsible for design, engineering, installation, commissioning and project management. 

The FPSO will be in 170m water and producing the Harris and Barra offshore fields.

Production is planned though at least five production and four water injection wells, due to start in 2015, with an expected output of 40,000 bbls/d, exported through shuttle



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