Bumi Armada Berhad has awarded a contract ABB to supply electrical and automation systems for its floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel operating in oil field off Angola’s coast.

Bumi Armada Berhad is converting the former Armada Ali supertanker into the new FPSO Armada Olombendo, which will have a storage capacity of 1.8 million barrels and be charted by Italian energy company Eni.

The FPSO will serve the Cabaça North and Cabaça Southeast fields, located 350km north-east of Luanda, producing up to 80,000 barrels a day by the end of 2016.

The vessel will handle the entire extraction process, storing oil and gas for offloading to shuttle tankers.

ABB will deliver e-house solutions, housing medium and low-voltage switchgears to enable and monitor safe and reliable operations.

"FPSO vessels offer a competitive solution for the development of deepwater and remote oil and gas fields, such as those in the West of Africa."

The company will also deliver systems for integrated electrical distribution, control, safety and power management, including its 800xA distributed control solution.

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ABB Floating Production Units global market segment manager Stein Guldbrandsoy said: "FPSO vessels offer a competitive solution for the development of deepwater and remote oil and gas fields, such as those in the West of Africa."

Systems delivered by ABB will distribute and manage required power to inject 120,000 barrels of water a day into the reservoir, in addition to compressing up to 120,000 million cubic feet of natural gas.

Eni is the concessionaire of the Cabaça fields, which were discovered in 2009 and estimated to have a capacity of approximately 230 million barrels.

Bumi Armada Berhad’s contract to supply, operate and maintain the FPSO is valued at $2.9bn.

Image: Electrical house (e-house) delivery from ABB. Photo: courtesy of ABB.