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Switzerland’s ABB has received a contract worth $160m from Singapore’s Jurong Shipyard to deliver main electrical systems for seven advanced drill ships, which will be deployed in deepwater oil and gas fields offshore of Brazil.

As part of the contract, ABB will design, supply and supervise installation, as well as test and commission the electrical systems.

The equipment will include generators, distribution switchboards, transformers, drives and motors to power the ships’ thrusters and drilling systems.

The integrated electrical package focuses on offering reliable power supply to subsystems onboard vessels, thereby enabling the operators to improve their energy efficiency.

ABB claims that its solutions not only enable uninterrupted drilling, but also comply with safety standards defined by International Electrotechnical Commission and International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations.

"The vessels will be the first in a series of high-efficiency drill ships for ultra-deep water operations, said the company."

The seven vessels are the first in a series of high-efficiency drill ships designed for ultra-deep water operations and built by Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz at their shipyard on the central eastern coast of Espirito Santo, Brazil. It is a wholly-owned shipyard of the Jurong Shipyard, based in Singapore.

The vessels will be the first in a series of high-efficiency drill ships for ultra-deep water operations, said the company.

As part of the orders booked in the fourth quarter of 2012 and first quarter of 2013, ABB is expected to deliver the equipment to the shipyard in 2013, while the first ship will be delivered to Sete Brazil in the second quarter of 2015.

The drill ships will be chartered to Petrobras for 15 years, while three of the ships will be temporarily owned and operated by Odfjell for Petrobas and three by Seadrill.

ABB’s Process Automation division head Veli-Matti Reinikkala, said: "ABB’s ability to provide locally produced content for this project and the expertise of our local organization were important factors in winning this order."


Image: ABB will design, supply, test and commission complete electrical systems for seven drill ships. Photo courtesy of BoH.

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