ABB to build compressor stations

ABB today signed contracts worth $190 million with the Polish investor Europol Gaz and pipeline contractor Bartimpex for the construction of two compressor stations along the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline.

ABB today signed contracts worth $190 million with the Polish investor Europol Gaz and pipeline contractor Bartimpex for construction of two compressor stations along the Yamal-Europe natural gas pipeline.

ABB will build two turnkey compressor stations near the Polish cities of Ciechanow and Szamotuly, each incorporating three 25 MW turbo compressor units. The contracts also include ABB products for control, automation, and electro-technical systems, and full project management services including design, procurement, systems assembly and commissioning.

The Yamal-Europe transit pipeline spans some 4,000 kilometres, connecting natural gas deposits on Russia’s Yamal Peninsula with Western Europe.

Two initial compressor stations along the Polish section have been in operation for three years. The current investment in new stations will reportedly help boost annual pipeline capacity from its current 20 billion cubic meters (BCM) to nearly 33 BCM.

Construction of the two new compressor stations will start early this year and is scheduled for completion in mid 2005.