ABB has a flare for gas power

ABB has delivered a combined heat and power generating plant in Poland that produces electricity, district heating and petroleum products from natural gas that was previously flared off.

The $56m project for Energobaltic at an offshore oil rig in the Baltic Sea makes use of the 100,000m2 of natural gas per day that was previously burned off as platform operators extracted crude oil. The gas is pumped through an 82km underwater pipeline to a facility that consists of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant and a gas processing station located in Wladyslawowo, near Gdansk.

The gas is used to generate 76,000 MWH of electricity annually – enough to power 5,500 homes – for the Polish grid. The plant also produces heat for the town’s 12,000 people, and refines the gas into liquid petroleum gas and C5+, a light natural gasoline.

The district heating plant made it possible to shut down 10 oil-fired and about 110 coal-fired boilers in the town, eliminating the emissions that came from burning roughly 750,000 tonnes of coal a year.

ABB supervised the implementation of the project, and supplied an automation system for the process chain from offshore drilling rig to CHP plant and gas processing station. The company also supplied power equipment for the facility and drilling rig, including drives, power transformers, medium voltage switchgear and compressor motor.