Energy efficient power solutions for deep sea pipeline
Published: 18 May 2012 - Joe Bush
ABB has recently won an order worth $18m from Daewoo to supply energy efficient propulsion and electrical power systems for two new deep sea pipeline installation vessels that will build oil transport infrastructure off the coast of Brazil.
South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) will build the vessels. The end customer, a joint venture between French oil service company Technip and Brazilian company Odebrecht Oil & Gas, will use the vessels to connect sub-sea wells with floating installations in depths of up to 2,500m along the coast of Brazil for oil company Petrobras.
Wärtsila Ship Design developed the new VS 4146 PLV design with a solid tension capacity of 550 metric tonnes, and designed for optimal fuel consumption and flexible pipe laying operations. ABB’s delivery will help the vessels use less fuel while operating at the highest levels of efficiency.
ABB will supply drives, motors and generators, medium voltage switchgear, transformers and soft starters that will provide energy efficient propulsion and a reliable power distribution system on board. In addition, ABB will take full project responsibility and do complete engineering for its own scope of supply. The diesel electric propulsion system will reduce fuel consumption compared to traditional diesel mechanical systems. The heart of the propulsion system is ABB’s propulsion drives, which are designed for optimised control of the propulsion motors, contributing to reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions.
“ABB’s oil and gas industry expertise, proven marine solutions and sub-sea experience address the needs of the growing subsea installation service market,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our environmentally friendly, energy efficient solutions and solid power infrastructure systems help both oil companies and their suppliers ensure the reliable and efficient operation of their vessels from their very first day in service.”