ABB wins marine orders worth $35 million

10 Dec 2010

ABB has won orders worth $35 million to provide complete power systems, drilling drive and propulsion systems for two new deep water drill ships to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea.

This follows the recent propulsion order for ABB for six LNG carrier ships, also from Samsung. The end customers for the drill ships are Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás and Delba Drilling, who will operate the drilling rigs for Petrobras. The rigs are scheduled to be commissioned by mid-2012.

ABB’s scope of supply includes complete electrical systems for the drill ships, including power generation and high and low voltage distribution systems, the drilling drive systems, the propulsion drive systems, as well as related engineering services.

The company says that its comprehensive solution will help the rigs operate more safely as well as maximise onboard equipment reliability, efficiency and availability, while securing a stable supply of power throughout all rig systems. ABB has delivered similar systems to 28 other drilling vessels built by Samsung.

“ABB’s resident marine, oil and gas industry expertise, global and local resources, and proven track record of delivering advanced, reliable solutions for our marine customers were important factors in winning these orders,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s process automation division. “Our continued collaboration with Samsung Heavy Industries underscores the effectiveness of ABB’s core concept of simplicity as a driver in the design, commissioning and operation phases for our marine customers.”

The project will use proprietary ABB components to build up the redundant parallel electrical systems, including generators, electric distribution systems, thruster drives, auxiliary systems and drilling systems. According to ABB, this allows for safe operation of the vessel with a system designed for maximum tolerance to single failures. Connections between each sub-system are kept to a minimum, and as simple as possible, to ease fault analysis, monitoring and repair.

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