ABB awarded $21 million contract for UAE pipeline project
The Switzerland-based technology group ABB has announced that it has signed a deal worth $21 million with the contractor China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation (CPECC) that will see the company design and supply a state-of-the-art integrated electrical system for the $2.3 billion Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline (ADCOP) project.
The company said that the scope of work will see ABB supply a range of electrical equipment, including 33kV gas-insulated switchgear, ring main units, capacitor banks and resistors. ABB will also deliver, protection panels, fault monitoring systems and substation control and monitoring systems.
With a length of 400 km and a diameter of 48 inches, the pipeline from Habshan in Abu Dhabi, which links to the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operation (ADCO) facility, will transport an estimated 1.5 million barrels of crude oil per day to the main terminal in Fujairah in the northern Emirates.
The pipeline will develop a reliable export capability on the eastern seaboard of UAE and reduce shipping congestion in the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow waterway through which Persian Gulf oil producers ship their crude exports.
Construction on the fast track project began in early 2008 and is scheduled to be completed by August 2011. IPIC is a sovereign wealth fund attached to the Abu Dhabi government that specializes in investing in oil and gas projects for the emirate.