Power technology order placed for vessel in British North Sea

Paul Boughton

ABB has won an order from Armada Kraken, a subsidiary of Bumi Armada Berhad, a Malaysia-based international offshore oilfield services provider. ABB will provide power and automation technologies for the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel destined for the Kraken oil field, the biggest subsea oilfield project in the British North Sea. 

The FPSO vessel will be delivered to EnQuest UK as the company plans to exploit the Kraken field’s estimated 140 million barrels of oil starting in 2017.

The vessel’s newly installed system will contribute to efficient and safe operations as well as reliable power distribution on board. The order includes an integrated e-house solution with drives and systems for electrical distribution, integrated control, safety and power management.

Energy companies are investing in modern, efficient FPSO vessels outfitted with the latest power and automation equipment as exploration for oil and gas increasingly turns to offshore fields that hold the biggest promise. Already, around 40% of oil and gas recovery comes from offshore and the bulk of new discoveries are expected here as well.

ABB will deliver a complete e-house, the structure that will accommodate the FPSO’s electrification and automation systems, and the systems contained within including integrated control and safety systems, medium and low voltage switchgear, distribution transformers, medium voltage variable frequency drives, uninterrupted power system, and electrical monitoring and control systems. 

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