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Power and automation technology group ABB will integrate internal and external telecommunication systems for three Statoil projects on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

As part of three orders worth $60m signed with shipyards in South Korea, ABB will integrate telecommunications on the offshore installations built for the Aasta Hansteen and Gina Krog fields in the North Sea and for the Mariner field in the British sector.

For the fixed, steel jacket platforms, Mariner and Gina Krog, the topside module will be constructed at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) yard.

For the single-cylinder Spar platform, Aasta Hansteen, the topside module will be constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries.

ABB process automation division head Veli-Matti Reinikkala said: "Reliable telecommunications are crucial for safe and efficient operations of oil and gas facilities.

"The systems also include aeronautical navigation, radar systems and a range of communication-based safety systems."

"We have a balanced portfolio of telecommunications solutions for onshore and offshore installations, with current projects in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East, which emphasise the competitiveness of our technology."

According to ABB, telecommunication systems normally consist of components such as computer networks, surveillance equipment, radio systems and meteorological services.

The systems also include aeronautical navigation, radar systems and a range of communication-based safety systems.

ABB, which is claimed to have over 30 years of experience in telecommunication deliveries to the global oil and gas industry, plans to complete the system deliveries by 2015.


Image: ABB telecommunications. Photo: courtesy of ABB.

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