ABB wins $20 million FPSO order from Cosco Nantong

WIDP-FPSO-Schematic-Dec-12-1JUNE 28, 2013 – ABB has won a $20 million contract to provide power and automation technologies to a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) built by Chinese shipbuilder COSCO Nantong for Dana Petroleum, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC).

The FPSO will have Sevan Marine's characteristic cylindrical design and will be located on the Western Isles field on the U.K. Continental Shelf, 160 km east of the Shetland Islands.

This is the first power and automation contract for a floating production unit to be awarded ABB by a Chinese shipyard and Veli-Matti Reinikkala, Head of ABB's Process Automation calls it "a milestone."

"Our integrated and compact solutions are ideal for floating production units and this technology enables us to get a foothold in many more markets," he says.

ABB's automation delivery 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 kV and 690 kV 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 tied to subsea installations on 170 m depth on the Harris and Barra offshore fields. Production is planned with at least five production and four water injection wells and will start in 2015, with an expected output of 40,000 barrels of oil per day, exported through shuttle tankers.

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