ABB gets US$175 million EPC contract for Zirku facilities in the UAE

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The EPC deal was awarded by Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) and booked by ABB in Q4 2013, the power and automation technology group said.

Zirku Island, located 135km north-west of Abu Dhabi, is considered the main industrial base for the processing, storage and export of oil from the Upper Zakum, Umm Al-Dalkh and Satah fields.

ABB will be responsible for commissioning and testing of two gas turbine driven generators, step-up transformers, new high-voltage switchgear, power management system and associated facilities. The scope of work includes the delivery of a new sub-station to house gas insulated switchgear (GIS).

ABB will also provide waste heat recovery units to utilise exhaust gas from the new gas turbines for process heating and subsequently reducing CO2 emissions. The project is currently in the design stage and is scheduled for completion and handover to operations in June 2016, the company added.

Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division, said, “ABB’s deep oil and gas industry knowledge and project execution capabilities were important factors in winning this order. With over 50 years of experience and more than 300 EPC projects implemented, ABB is a player of excellence in the oil and gas industry. New oil and gas frontiers require power and automation solutions and ABB has a unique business scope in power, automation and power electronics.”

The Zakum oilfield is estimated to be the second-largest field in the Gulf and the fourth-largest in the world.

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