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ABB secures $22m contract

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ABB has been awarded a $22m order from GE Oil and Gas–Nuovo Pignone to supply electrical drive systems for an onshore gas processing plant that will support the Ormen Lange gas field in Norway.

The order includes three load-commutated-inverter adjustable-speed synchronous-motor drive systems for the export compressors and two Series ACS 6000 variable-speed drive systems for the recompressors. ABB will also integrate converters with filters, power transformers and motors to complete the advanced drive systems. The firm’s systems will be installed at the Nyhamna onshore gas processing plant in Norway.

ABB will be responsible for the design, engineering, documentation, equipment testing, back-to-back testing and commissioning of the complete drives systems.

Processed and compressed gas will be transported through a 1,200km-long pipeline from Nyhamna to Easington, UK. ABB drives will be used to control and optimise the speed of the export gas compressor and recompressor trains.

Ormen Lange gas field is predicted to represent about 20% of Norway’s gas exports and 20% of the UK gas market demand. It will begin exports to the UK in 2007.

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