Telecommunications and security for US mega methanol plant

ABB has been selected as the single source supplier of telecommunications and security solutions for a mega methanol plant in the United States.

The project win marks the fourth capital project for ABB in the state of Louisiana and builds on ABB’s capabilities and expertise to continue delivering large scale global telecommunications projects to the oil, gas and chemicals sector over the last 30 years.

Safety and security first

ABB will work closely with the plant owner to implement a system architecture that will improve and extend voice and data communication across the facility, placing the physical safety of site employees and security of assets at the forefront of operations. In relation to emergency and incident response, and in line with applicable codes and standards, ABB, will enable broadcasting of emergency alarms and messages swiftly and directly via its installed telecommunications network in the event of an emergency.

Improving efficiency

Internal communication systems also play a major role in supporting day-to-day operations and enhancing the work environment. ABB will facilitate reliable and efficient operations by allowing the operator to communicate within the facility via the plant radio system, public address and general alarm system, and private branch exchange, through integration allowing point-to-point communication between multiple locations at the facility.

Reducing costs

Delays and complications are often experienced when using multiple suppliers, with a risk of fragmentation of responsibilities during the design engineering and integration phase. As a single source provider, ABB will offer economies of scale. ABB will mitigate risks and manage costs by utilizing its global project execution model, bringing complex systems and subsystems online systematically and holistically. ABB is expected to deliver between 15–20 percent cost savings via its integrated turnkey approach.

Main data

This multi-million-dollar project will see ABB engineer, design, procure, integrate, and supply multiple telecommunication and security control systems at a $1.85 billion methanol production facility in the state of Louisiana. With commercial production of methanol planned to begin in 2020, ABB will operate as a single source supplier for the 1200-acre plant, which is expected to produce 1.7 million metric tons of methanol per year.


ABB will implement the following products and services at this methanol plant:

  • Personnel Access Control System
  • Vehicle Access Control System
  • Process & Security CCTV System
  • Business Local Area Network System
  • VOIP Telephone System
  • Radio System
  • Public Access General Alarm System
  • Fiber Optic Cable System
  • Cabinetry – LAN & Telephone
  • UPS


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