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VIDEO: ABB lands FLNG electrical system contract

LNG Industry,

ABB has won a contract worth over US$50 million to supply the electrical system for Petronas’ FLNG-2 facility (PFLNG2).

The contract was awarded in 4Q14 by JGC Corporation. JGC is part of a consortium that is building the facility for Petronas, along with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).

Electrical equipment

Under the terms of the contract, ABB will support the optimisation of the facility’s electrical side by designing, manufacturing and supplying transformers, switchboards, motor-control centers and power management system. ABB will also manage the installation of the equipment and ensure the electrical supply is integrated with systems it is powering.

Commenting on this latest contract award, Peter Terwiesch, President of ABB’s Process Automation Division, said: “ABB is delighted to be selected by JGC for this pioneering project. FLNG is a market with great potential and we are well placed to deliver to it with our vast experience in floating production, our extensive manufacturing base and innovative solutions in offshore oil and gas.

“Our fully engineered electrical system solution incorporates the latest technologies adapted to the offshore environment; it is a safe solution that ensures reliable electricity throughout the plant for the PFLNG2 to meet its demanding performance requirements.”

FLNG market

A recent report by Douglas-Westwood estimated the FLNG market to be worth US$64 billion between now and 2020. The agility of FLNGs allows companies to exploit fields that would otherwise be uneconomical, and their environmental impact is minimal compared with conventional production platforms and pipelines.

The video below shows a 3D animation of an FLNG facility docking with an LNG carrier. The animation also shows electrical houses that ensure that the electrical systems remain protected and able to withstand harsh offshore conditions.

The PFLNG2 will be built at SHI’s shipyard in Korea in 2015. When operations start in 2018, the facility will be moored over the deepwater Rotan gas field located off the Malaysian coast. It is designed to produce 1.5 million tpy of LNG for at least 20 years, before it requires a dry dock.

The machinery and controls supplied by ABB for the project will be accommodated in two electrical houses. These prefabricated steel substations designed by ABB ensure the equipment remains safe from the corrosive marine environment as well as hazardous gas and provide a safe environment for the operation crew.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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