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ABB to provide digital automation and safety for Johan Castberg oil field project

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ABB has announced that it will provide integrated ABB AbilityTM automation and safety systems to Statoil’s new Johan Castberg oil field development project in Norway. ABB’s solutions and services are anticipated to reduce the CAPEX for the project significantly.

Located in the Barents Sea, north of the Arctic Circle, the new field will be developed with an FPSO and subsea installation with 30 wells. The new field has proven volumes estimated at between 400 and 600 million barrels of oil, and is the world’s largest new offshore oil project.

ABB will provide integrated ABB AbilityTM System 800xA automation and safety systems, including advanced simulation and related services to ensure safe, reliable and efficient operation of the offshore FPSO. The order is valued at around US$25 million.

Working closely with design contractor Aker Solutions ABB will provide engineering, installation and commissioning for execution of the project and ensure that production runs efficiently from day one of operation.

“Digitalisation and advanced safety and automation systems are key to safer, more efficient, more reliable and more environmentally friendly operation of oil, gas, and chemical facilities,” said Per Erik Holsten, Managing Director ABB Oil, Gas, and Chemicals. “Combined with our vast experience in advanced process control, and subsea and power systems, project execution is streamlined, cost are reduced, and long-term operations are safer and more efficient.”

ABB has extensive experience in gas production and optimisation, and a long history of successful collaboration with Statoil on numerous projects around the world. All major oil and gas installations above the Arctic Circle in Norway use ABB’s automation and safety systems.

The field is scheduled to commence operation in 2022 and will have an estimated production lifespan of 30 years. ABB’s deliveries will start in late 2018.

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