ABB wins marine orders worth $35 million

Electrical power, drive systems to provide top operating reliability and efficiency for new deep sea drill ships, to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries South Korea

Houston, TX, December 10, 2010 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently won orders collectively worth $35 million to provide complete power systems, drilling drive and propulsion systems for two new deep water drill ships to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) at its shipyard in South Korea. The end customers are Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás and Delba Drilling BV, who will operate the drilling rigs for Petrobras. The orders were booked in the third quarter.

The rigs are scheduled to be commissioned by mid-2012.

ABB’s scope of supply includes complete electrical systems for the drill ships, used for oil and gas exploration drilling. The delivery for each rig includes power generation and the high and low voltage distribution systems, the drilling drive systems, the propulsion drive systems, as well as related engineering services.
This comprehensive solution will help the rigs operate more safely as well as maximize onboard equipment reliability, efficiency and availability, while securing a stable supply of power throughout all rig systems. ABB has delivered similar systems to 28 other drilling vessels built by SHI.

“ABB’s resident marine, oil and gas industry expertise, global and local resources, and proven track record of delivering advanced, reliable solutions for our marine customers were important factors in winning these orders,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our continued collaboration with Samsung Heavy Industries underscores the effectiveness of ABB’s core concept of simplicity as a driver in the design, commissioning and operation phases for our marine customers.”

The solution for this project uses proven ABB components that make it simple to build up redundant parallel electrical systems, including generators, electric distribution systems, thruster drives, auxiliary systems and drilling systems. This allows for safe operation of the vessel with a system designed for maximum tolerance to single failures. Connections between each sub-system are kept to a minimum, and as simple as possible, to ease fault analysis, monitoring and repair.

ABB’s Process Automation division delivers integrated automation solutions for control, plant optimization, and industry-specific application knowledge and services to help process industry customers worldwide improve their energy efficiency and meet their critical business needs in the areas of operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management and global responsibility. These industries include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals, minerals, cement, marine and turbocharging.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people.

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