Tempa rossa

Switzerland-based power and automation technology group ABB has secured a contract, worth $40m, to extend the export terminal of Eni‘s refinery in Taranto, located in the ‘Mar Grande’ bay on the Ionian Sea in southern Italy.

Italy-based multinational oil and gas company Eni has awarded the contract as part of its strategy to upgrade its refinery infrastructure and ensure a connection with the onshore Tempa Rossa oil plant.

Located at the export terminal, the refinery is linked to the oil field through an underground pipeline.

As part of the contract, ABB will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the new installation and also provide project management and pre-commissioning services.

The company will also provide all the electrical equipments, control system, electrical and control room, mechanical and process equipment, diesel generator and fire-fighting system to the refinery.

ABB will deliver new electrical systems and the necessary mechanical equipment and automation systems to secure mooring of the vessels and the loading of crude oil.

"Eni has awarded the contract as part of its strategy to upgrade its refinery infrastructure."

As part of this contract, the company will also extend the existing pier, which will have five loading arms, with a transfer capacity of 3,000 cubic meters each hour.

Abb Process Automation division head Veli-Matti Reinikkala said the new project will help improve local oil transportation infrastructure for Eni.

"It underscores ABB’s industry expertise, capabilities and local resources to successfully manage, supply and execute these comprehensive projects for the oil and gas industry," Reinikkala added.

ABB, which received the order in the fourth quarter of 2012, expects to complete the project by August 2015.

Image: Map of Tempa Rossa. Photo courtesy of Total.