Drives order nets ABB $22 million

GE Oil and Gas has awarded ABB $22 million to provide electrical drive systems for an onshore gas processing plant that will support Norway’s Ormen Lange gas field.

ABB last week received a $22 million order from GE Oil and Gas-Nuovo Pignone to provide electrical drive systems for an onshore gas processing plant that will support Norway’s Ormen Lange gas field.

The order is said to include two Series ACS 6000 variable speed drive systems for the recompressors, and three LCI (load commutated inverter) adjustable speed synchronous motor drive systems for the export compressors.

ABB’s systems will be installed at the Nyhamna onshore gas processing plant in Norway. ABB will also integrate power transformers, converters with filters, and motors to complete the advanced drive systems.

The contract’s scope includes design, engineering, documentation, equipment testing, back-to-back testing and commissioning of the complete drives systems.

Natural gas from the Ormen Lange field will be processed and compressed at Nyhamna, then transported through a 1,200 kilometre-long pipeline to Easington in the UK. ABB drives will be used to control and optimise speed of the export gas compressor and recompressor trains.

With estimated reserves of 397 billion cubic metres, the Ormen Lange field will begin exports to the UK in 2007. Norsk Hydro is developing the field, which is located about 100 kilometres off the Norwegian coast and is slated to represent about 20 percent of Norway’s gas exports, and 20 percent of the UK gas market demand.