ABB, (Power and Automation technology group), has won an order from offshore services provider, Bumi Armada Berhad, to supply electrification and automation systems for Eni’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for a recently discovered oilfield off the coast of Angola.
Reconfigured FPSO off the coast of Angola
The FPSO will be positioned over the Cabaça North and Cabaça Southeast fields, about 350 km north of Luanda, and producing up to 80 000 bpd by the end of 2016. The vessel will control the entire extraction process, storing oil and gas until they can be offloaded to shuttle tankers.
Bumi Armada are building the FPSO by reconfiguring the former Armada Ali supertanker – newly renamed the Armada Olombendo FPSO – which has a storage capacity of 1.8 million bpd. Italian energy company, Eni, is chartering the vessel.
ABB will deliver complete e-house solutions which house medium and low voltage switchgear and systems for integrated electrical distribution, control, safety and power management, including ABB’s 800xA distributed control system. ABB claims that its systems will distribute and manage the power necessary to inject 120 000 bpd into the reservoir and to compress up to 120 000 million ft3 of natural gas.
The total value of the contract to supply, operate and maintain the FPSO is approximately US$2.9 billion.
Comments from ABB
Stein Guldbrandsoy, ABB’s Global Market Segment Manager for Floating Production Units, commented: “FPSO vessels offer a competitive solution for the development of deepwater and remote oil and gas fields, such as those in the West of Africa. We are pleased to contribute to Bumi Armada Berhad’s latest FPSO project to ensure safe and reliable floating production.”
“We aim for long-term partnerships with customers through successful project execution, innovative offshore technology and an extensive service footprint,” said Per Erik Holsten, Managing Director for ABB’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals business.
Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn