ABB Awarded a US$79 million deal with China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation (CPECC) for an integrated automation, electrification, and telecommunication order in Q2 2018. It covers the upgrade of the Bab Onshore Field in Abu Dhabi.

Bab is the biggest onshore oil field in Abu Dhabi which spans over 1,200 square kilometers. ADNOC announced the possibility to step up the output from 420,000 to 450,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020. In 2015, ADNOC Onshore entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with CPECC to upgrade the field.

The upgrade includes a fully integrated ABB Electrical, Control and Telecommunication (ECT) solution with 45 power and capacitor bank skids. Besides, it covers centralized and localized automation systems. ABB AbilityTM digital oilfield technology will further enhance the ECT solution to remotely monitor and analyze field performance. Thus, that will help to control areas with multiple oil wells co-located in one place. In the future, it will allegedly reduce the oilfield’s operating expenditures by 10 to 15 per cent.

“We are very proud to have won the contract on the basis of our ability to provide a fully integrated solution that leverages our industry-leading ABB AbilityTM process control system. In addition, we demonstrated the strongest local footprint, with our equipment being built or assembled in the UAE and our services delivered by locally-based staff,” Peter Terwiesch, President, ABB’s Industrial Automation division stated.

Recently the UAE government declared its policy to bolster the role of the private sector in appointing and training nationals. Since then, the level of In-Country Value (ICV) offered when tendering for industrial projects has become increasingly important.

The digital technology set up at the facility will leverage ABB AbilityTM, the company’s unified, cross-industry, digital offering, connecting devices, systems, solutions, and services to improve ADNOC’s operational performance.

ABB supplies integrated products, services and solutions to help customers in the oil, gas and chemicals industry. The company optimizes safety, productivity, and energy efficiency while minimizing cost, schedule and risk.