Leading power and automation technology group ABB has won three orders worth $60 million for setting up telecommunication systems at offshore oil and gas installations.
ABB has been commissioned to install internal and external telecommunication systems for three Statoil projects on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. ABB has more than 30 years of experience in telecommunication deliveries to the global oil and gas industry and will complete these system deliveries by 2015.
The three contracts have been signed with leading shipyards in South Korea. ABB will be a systems integrator of telecommunications on the offshore installations built for the Aasta Hansteen and Gina Krog fields in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and for the Mariner field in the British sector.
While the Mariner and Gina Krog fields are fixed, steel jacket platforms, where the topside module will be constructed at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) yard, Aasta Hansteen is a single cylinder Spar platform, the first of its kind destined for the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The topside module will be constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries.
According to Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division, reliable telecommunications are crucial for safe and efficient operations of oil and gas facilities. ABB offers a balanced portfolio of telecommunications solutions for onshore and offshore installations, with current projects in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.
With these contracts, ABB is strengthening its position as the leading supplier of telecommunication systems to the global oil and gas industry.
Telecommunication systems are normally comprised of components such as computer networks, surveillance equipment, radio systems, meteorological services, radar systems, aeronautical navigation and a wide range of communication-based safety systems. ABB has integrated products and systems to provide a complete telecommunications solution tailored to Statoil's requirements concerning design and documentation.