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ABB provides upgrade solution for LNG terminal

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TEPCO Fuel & Power, Inc. (TEPCO F & P) has contracted ABB to upgrade the control and input/output (I/O) systems for the Futtsu LNG receiving terminal, Japan.

The existing control systems are based on ABB’s BRC100 and Harmony Block I/O module, comprising 250 system cabinets, 200 controllers and 2000 Harmony Block (I/O) modules. ABB secured the order to replace the hardware, following a strategy of cooperation with TEPCO F & P’s subsidiary company, Tokyo Power Technology Ltd. (TPT), to install, commission and perform site work, and replace the existing I/O blocks with the latest generation of flexible control and I/O modules, Symphony Plus SD series.

ABB has developed a new Symphony Plus SD I/O base that fits on the existing Harmony Block I/O base. This solution base provides a direct module replacement while allowing uninterrupted collection of essential plant data for analysis, without shutting down the plant.

The plant upgrade project has been divided into six parts, and is scheduled for completion in 2021. The controls and I/Os of each part will be carefully replaced year by year.

The Futtsu LNG terminal supplies natural gas fuel to the Futtsu power station and adjacent TEPCO power stations, including the key industries in the Tokyo Bay area. Its ten LNG receiving tanks have a capacity of 1 200 000 kiloliters, with two berths for LNG carriers and 60 LNG pumps. The facilities cannot be shut down for any reason, even during replacement work.

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