Swiss automation company ABB has partnered with Wison Offshore & Marine (WOM) for the development of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facilities across the world.
FLNG facilities simplify the production, liquefaction, and storage of natural gas at sea, from where it can be dispatched directly to clients across the globe.
Through this partnership, the companies intend to enhance the production efficiency of LNG at sea by optimising and standardising the design of the FLNG unit.
As per the agreement, the Swiss technology company will be responsible for delivering standardised electrification, control, and safety systems to ensure production efficiency.
The partnership will combine WOM’s expertise in offering turnkey engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) with ABB’s expertise in integrating electrical, control, and safety systems.
Commenting on the partnership, WOM assistant president Wei Huaqing said: “The FLNG market continues to grow. We are pleased to be working with ABB and look forward to leveraging our complementary expertise to deliver more value for FLNG customers around the world.
“By combining our bespoke offerings, we believe we can increase productivity in greenfield developments and, in doing so, improve overall CAPEX efficiency.”
The alliance will also leverage ABB’s project methodology, Adaptive Execution, which is designed to give clients comprehensive visibility of their project.
ABB Energy Industries China head Cruise-Feng Li commented: “Adaptive Execution can help unlock significant project value for FLNG customers. By designing in a modular and standardised way, and testing everything in a virtual environment, we can tackle design challenges early on, boost performance, and ensure reliability of the infrastructure.
“This enables all the parties involved in the project to achieve more in shorter timeframes, optimising the overall delivery schedule and saving on cost.”
In August last year, ABB secured a $120m contract to supply an overall electrical power system (EPS) for the Jansz-Io compression (J-IC) project, offshore Australia.
In April 2021, Equinor awarded ABB and Siemens Energy contracts to provide electrical equipment services on all of its assets located on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).
The agreements have a combined value of Nkr4.5bn ($530.6m) and include electrical equipment services for Equinor’s onshore plants in Norway.