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Midstream and transportation

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The midstream segment of the oil and gas industry deals with the transportation of the product from well head to refinery. That journey involves many industrial processes: for example, purification, compression, liquefaction, and in the case of pipelines, a network of pumping stations. The flow of the oil or gas has to be monitored and measured, which calls for sophisticated sensors and software. And everything has to be powered, often over vast distances.

ABB specialises in electrification and automation, and also acts as an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor. We offer a one-stop shop for clients in this market: managing the entire system as it passes through terminals, tankers and pipelines. We do so in a way that ensures the health and safety of all involved, and meets both environmental regulations and the needs of the client.

 

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Pipelines

We offer a wide range of products and services to make pipelines work as efficiently and effectively as possible. We build pipeline control stations, fit them with the instrumentation and telemetry needed to measure the flow of hydrocarbons, detect any problems with that flow, and any other application required by the particular project. We can do this as a specialised subcontractor or as part of a turnkey EPC contract.

As a MAC/MEC (main automation/main electrical contractor), ABB can co-ordinate the supply chain for international pipelines, allowing the client to deal with a single EPC rather than numerous national contractors. In short, we ensure a standardized approach for complete project execution.

When we’re moving liquids, our solutions for pipeline automation include the monitoring and management of block valve stations, pump stations and tank farms. When we’re moving gas, it involves compression, reduction and metering.

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Gas processing

ABB designs automation systems for all types of gas plants, from wellhead to treatment centers. This involves the following tasks: 

  • Injecting gas and fluid into the ground to increase pressure in a reservoir
  • The “gathering” systems that collect wet natural gas from the wellheads and transport it to processing plants
  • Three-phase separation, which divides the well fluid into oil, gas and water.
  • The “fractionation” of the gas into its different chemical forms, such as propane, butane and so on
  • The conversion of gas to liquid, and liquid to gas.

ABB designs automation systems for all types of gas plants, from wellhead to treatment centers. This involves the following tasks: 
We offer automation, electrification and  EPC service for the complete plant In addition, we provide integrated solutions for rotating machine electrical systems (motors and drives) as well as the control of complete string motors- compressor and motors-pumps. Our test facilities are also available for gas and water injection applications. 
 

> Read more about gas processing 

Compressors and pumping stations

ABB covers all activities related to the core application of oil and gas transportation. In fact, for pipeline compressor/ pumping stations, we offer solutions suitable to your individual needs: compressors or pumps coupled to gas turbines,electrical motors with variable speed drives or diesel/gas engines.  

Inside or outside EPC scope of supply, ABB can provide compressor/pumping station control based on System 800xA, our scalable technology platform and architecture. The 800xA provides a common set of engineering, operation and maintenance tools to meet all plant automation needs. Electrical solutions for power distribution, energy management, and motors/drives for electrically-driven pumping/compressors strings are fully integrated with this technology platform.

> Read more and drives and PLCs for compressors 


Terminals and storage

Terminal and storage management should interact seamlessly with hydrocarbon production and transportation. Specifically, midstream requires primary distribution of crude and gas to oil and gas tankers, refineries and gas plants, feeding secondary gas distribution. 

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Liquefied natural gas


ABB designs and builds solutions for every aspect of the LNG value chain. This includes the extraction of the gas, its liquefaction and shipping, its re-gasification when it reaches a terminal, and its delivery to the end user by pipeline. In particular, we provide a wide range of solutions that integrate process engineering and our electrical/automation capabilities. These include:
  • The conversion of gas to liquid and liquid to gas
  • The design and installation of automation and power management systems for plants
  • The installation of SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems for gas pipelines. These automate the operation of the system, and also allow engineers to see what’s happening along the pipeline and intervene if necessary
  • Plant electrification
  • Rotating machine electrical solutions and controls for the compressors of liquefaction plant cooling systems
  • The EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) of re-gasification terminals and their connected pipelines

    > Read more about liquefied natural gas

Cargo tankers

The sea-borne transport industry continues to grow, creating a need for bigger and faster vessels. Coupled with the rise in fuel costs and regulatory changes, this has brought energy efficiency into focus in the cargo segment. Our advanced technologies can help you reduce fuel costs and lower emissions across your operations.

> Read more about cargo tankers

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