Products, systems and solutions for offshore oil and gas production platforms are an important part of ABB’s portfolio. We design, manufacture and install the equipment that distributes electricity to every piece of machinery on them. We also deliver control systems that ensure that the entire platform can be operated safely and efficiently, as well as the telecommunication systems required for operating the plant, communicating with on-site and off-site personnel and distributing information to centralized support staff.
To draw an analogy with an organic body, these systems provide the platform’s muscles, senses and nerves. The generators, transformers and motors bring the plant to life, and the 800xA control system operates and regulates it as the brain and the nerve system operates and regulates the body: it senses and measures what’s happening inside the plant, it makes sure fluids and gases are flowing where they should flow to keep pressures at the right levels, and if they’re not, then it opens valves when they need to be open, and closes them when they don’t. Meanwhile, the telecoms part passes analytic data to the control room, and also runs everything from the public address and CCTV to the radar to weather systems.
ABB offerings for offshore oil and gas platforms fulfill key customer needs around: