ABB power for Bumi Armada FPSO

16 Jun 2015
ABB will supply an e-house accommodating medium and low-voltage switchgear as part of its package to Bumi Armada

ABB will supply an e-house accommodating medium and low-voltage switchgear as part of its package to Bumi Armada

ABB is to supply electric power and automation systems for a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel ordered by offshore services provider Bumi Armada.

Former supertanker Armada Ali will have a storage capacity of 1.8 million barriers once its conversion to an FPSO (and its renaming as Armada Olombendo) is completed. The vessel will serve a recently discovered Cabaça North and Cabaça Southeast oilfields off the coast of Angola.

The order with ABB was booked in the first quarter of the year. ABB will deliver a complete e-house solution -  holding medium voltage and low voltage switchgear - and systems for integrated electrical distribution, control, safety and power management, including ABB’s 800xA distributed control system.

Stein Guldbrandsoy, global market segment manager for floating production units at ABB said:“FPSO vessels offer a competitive solution for the development of deep water and remote oil and gas fields, such as those in the West of Africa. We are pleased to contribute to Bumi Armada’s latest project to ensure safe and reliable floating production,” said.

This order is the fourth collaboration between ABB and Bumi Armada, the fifth largest FPSO supplier in the world. Past projects include a modular e-house package for FPSO vessels operating off India’s west coast, the Kraken oil field in the North Sea and a complete automation package for an FPSO vessel operating in the Balnaves oil field off western Australia.

The vessel will be chartered to Italian company Eni, the concessionaire of the Cabaça fields. The total value of Bumi Armada Berhad’s contract to supply, operate and maintain the FPSO is about $2.9 billion.

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