ABB to supply Abu Dhabi plant

ABB’s Warrington branch is supplying 1,000 hazardous area motors and 150 variable speed drives worth €1.5m to Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (GASCO) as part of a project to expand its gas processing facilities.

The OGD-III Project is designed to process 1,306 million standard cubic feet (37,000 litres) of condensate-rich gas at Habshan near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The plant will produce 11,800 tonnes per day of Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) for export and 130,000 barrels per day of condensate, to be used as fuel locally.

The main facilities comprise two lines, each of which includes separation, condensate stabilisation, gas treatment and NGL gas recovery facilities. The project also includes installation of a gas re-injection system and a separate NGL pipeline from Habshan to Ruwais. The main contractor on the project is London-headquartered Bechtel (UK) and the project is due for completion in April 2008.

ABB is supplying variable speed drives and hazardous area motors as ATEX (safety rating for explosive atmospheres) approved packages. All the ABB motors are designed for low-noise operation and will run pumps, fans and compressors in ATEX hazardous Zones 1 and 2. ABB is supplying the motors to all the relevant OEMs under a framework agreement with Bechtel and GASCO.

The motors range in size from 0.55kW to 132kW. The majority of the motors are non-sparking, while the rest are being supplied with explosion-proof enclosures.