ABB teams up with Yinson on offshore oil and gas project in Brazil07 July 2020

ABB is to deliver complete electrical, control and telecommunication solutions to a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in the Marlim 2 oil field in Brazil.

The company has signed an agreement with energy solutions provider Yinson for electrical, control and telecommunication equipment and services on-board the FPSO Anna Nery, which is bound for the Marlim 2 oil field in Campos Basin. Yinson secured the contract to convert the 2002 crude oil tanker, leading operations and maintenance of the FPSO. The vessel is planned to operate on the field for 25 years.

Leveraging its ABB Ability System 800xA control system with select input/output (IO), ABB says that it will take responsibility for integration engineering in the project, integrating all the production modules on-board the vessel into a combined Integrated Safety and Control System (ICSS).

Flemming Grønnegaard, CEO for offshore production at Yinson, says: “We are committed to deliver this FPSO in a lean, efficient, timely manner, and we believe that ABB’s technology solutions and experience on numerous other projects of this nature will enable us to achieve this. Marlim 2 is an important project for Yinson, and given ABB’s global experience and expertise, we have confidence in ABB as partners for FPSO Anna Nery.”

According to ABB, Select IO is an ethernet based, single-channel input output system, where field signals are digitally marshaled in smart junction boxes. Utilising ABB’s ‘xStream’ engineering approach alongside digital marshaling, Select IO will reduce project time by allowing the project team to decouple the hardware and software tasks and fully standardise the cabinet design. Cabinets can then be installed and terminated at a much earlier phase during construction.

ABB will perform all software engineering in a cloud-based system bringing the hardware and software application together at a later stage utilising Select IO digital marshaling. This integration will improve interface for topside production, safety systems, marine systems, telecom packages, surveillance equipment and the electrical systems, it adds.

Brandon Spencer, managing director of ABB Energy Industries, explains: “We have a strong heritage in delivering electrical, control and telecommunication packages for FPSOs both in Brazil and worldwide from our global lead centres in Singapore and Norway. In deploying ABB Ability System 800xA on this FPSO, we can help Yinson streamline project execution and their operations. This will enhance overall equipment effectiveness, in turn providing key data insights that will help make real time decisions on performance.”

The collaboration between the two companies will span the globe, with regional ABB teams working with Yinson in Asia and on site in Brazil, whilst drawing on the company’s global offshore expertise from its team based in Norway. ABB has previously worked on several other FPSO projects, including Maersk Peregrino, The Goliat and Armada Olombendo FPSO.

Adam Offord

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