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ABB stated global market leader in DCS for 2013

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ABBABB has been stated to remain the leading choice of customers for control system services, hardware and software in the oil and gas, pulp and paper and mining & metals industries. ARC Advisory Group has released their Distributed Control Systems Worldwide Outlook report for 2013 in which ABB has retained its leading position in the worldwide DCS (distributed control system) market. According to the study, the global DCS market grew about 4 percent in 2013.

According to the study, ABB was the regional market share leader for Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and the worldwide leader in key global verticals including oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining and metals.

The report also notes that the DCS business has continued to be primarily a service business over the past few years, with combined project, engineering and operational services accounting for more than half of total revenues. The Main Automation Contractor (MAC) approach in which the automation vendor manages the overall project and includes a strong project execution and services component, continues to grow stronger and expand.

“For years ABB has cultivated its capability to serve major projects as the Main Automation Contractor.”, said ARC Senior Analyst Harry Forbes. “The electric power, motor, and drive capabilities across ABB Group augment its process automation expertise, making the firm an attractive choice when capital projects require large or complex electric power systems, especially offshore and sub-sea systems.”

"ABB is well prepared with a broad DCS portfolio including its flagship system 800xA Extended Automation platform, Symphony Plus control system, Freelance process control system for small to medium process applications, as well as its prior generation systems. All ABB control systems offer a secure evolution path forward to next generation technologies to protect and enhance the control system investment over its lifetime” said Tobias Becker, Head of ABB’s Control Technologies business.

Schneider Electric to supply integrated EMS to optimize generation and network operations

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Schneider Electric has signed a contract to supply SEV, the main energy supplier in the Faroe Islands¹, a new integrated solution for the complete management of the island’s electrical network for generation, transmission and distribution operations. SEV must deliver continuous, stable and inexpensive electricity to the island’s inhabitants, while transitioning to a higher renewables model, reducing its diesel-dependency and maintaining grid security and stability.

Starting in November 2014, Schneider Electric will deploy their complete suite of advanced software applications for microgrids including SCADA, Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), Power Plant Controller and Weather Forecasting Systems built on DONG’s existing PowerHub system. The PowerHub creates an optimized energy management program for the main island’s local generation and demand response facilities. In December 2013, Schneider Electric and Dong signed an agreement to enable network operators of remote island grids to increase their share of renewables and maintain grid stability.

Mr. Hákun Djurhuus, Managing Director of SEV stated “This first-of-its-kind project will allow SEV to optimize generation and network assets, increase share of local renewable generation to 80% before 2020 by transforming the Faroes’ powerful natural energy resources into clean and affordable energy that will serve the local community.”

Frederic Abbal, Executive Vice-President Energy Business at Schneider Electric added “This suite of integrated applications will build an efficient and sustainable microgrid for SEV improving the planning of local renewable generation facilities based on real-time weather forecasts and asset management to match production plans with actual needs.”

ABB completes acquisition of Spirit IT

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ABB, the leading power and automation group, announced today it completed its acquisition of Spirit IT of Eindhoven, Netherlands. The acquisition, announced July 25, adds a new line of high-performance liquid flow computers, SCADA and custody transfer solutions to ABB’s leading measurement business for the oil and gas industry.

Spirit IT (www.spiritit.com) designs and sells liquid flow measurement and supervisory solutions for use in oil and gas applications. Its liquid flow computers and software deliver greater accuracy and control for well-pad automation, transportation and custody transfer applications.

The acquisition complements ABB’s Measurement Products portfolio by enabling the company to offer a more comprehensive automation solution for liquids and gas. It adds the liquid measurement component to ABB’s industry leading gas measurement and automation product line and provides new opportunities for growth in the oil and gas segment.

Spirit IT’s employees will join the global Measurement Products business unit in ABB’s Process Automation division. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ABB's Measurement Products business unit (www.abb.com/measurement) is among the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of instrumentation and analyzers. With thousands of experts around the world and high-performance technology, ABB's team is dedicated to making measurement easy for its customers.

Technip awarded a substantial EPIC contract for the Juniper field offshore Trinidad

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Technip has been awarded a substantial (1) EPIC (2) lump sum contract by BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC for the development of the Juniper project, to be located off the South East coast of Trinidad.

The scope of work consists of design, detailed engineering, procurement, construction, load out and mechanical completion of:

4,300 short ton topsides that can process 590 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of gas, 6,100 short ton jacket.

The contract will also cover the design, detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, transport, installation and pre-commissioning of:

  • 5 off, 10” and 8” internal diameter flexible flowlines,
  • 26” outside diameter , 10km concrete coated rigid subsea pipeline,
  • an extensive diving campaign to support clients LNG train and field turnaround,
  • large number of subsea structures and tie-in spools.

Additionally, it includes the transport and installation of client supplied umbilicals, trees and flying leads.  Technip's operating center in Houston, Texas, USA, will perform the overall design, detailed engineering and project management. Offshore installation is scheduled for the second half of 2016.

National content is of strategic importance to Technip. Platform fabrication will be performed in Trinidad using a local fabricator. Technip will bring its worldwide fabrication competencies and expertise to this project. The flexible pipes will be manufactured at Technip's Flexi France facility in Le Trait, France. Technip’s S-Lay pipelay vessel, the G-1200, will install the rigid pipelines. Additional vessels from Technip's fleet will install the flexibles as well as umbilicals, and provide construction work support.

Following the FEED support, project planning and detailed engineering work, in which Technip and its subsidiary Genesis have been involved for almost a year, this award validates the Group’s strategy of early involvement to design an effective project execution plan.

Clough acquires UK Engineering and Controls Business

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Engineering and project services company Clough Limited today announced the acquisition of Booth Welsh, a privately owned engineering services company headquartered in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Booth Welsh specialises in the provision of electrical, instrumentation and automation design, process consultancy, project management, implementation and commissioning services. Established in 1989 by John Welsh, the company employ around 250 personnel, with the majority of the workforce comprising qualified engineers and designers. Booth Welsh services clients in the Oil & Gas, Life Sciences, Petrochemical, Chemicals, Nuclear, Utilities, and Food & Beverage industries.

The acquisition follows the establishment of Clough’s engineering centre in Glasgow earlier this year.

Clough’s CEO and Managing Director Kevin Gallagher said the circa £9 million (A$16 million) acquisition brings complementary skills and significantly strengthens its service offering to clients.

“Booth Welsh will become a centre for highly specialised electrical, instrumentation and automation design. The Company’s controls and asset management capability will enhance Clough’s operations and maintenance services, while their specialisation in control system design will assist the CloughCoens commissioning business in Korea with design, delivery and commissioning activities.”

Booth Welsh’s Managing Director Martin Welsh said he was looking forward to the opportunities this transaction would bring.

“As part of Clough, Booth Welsh will access larger scopes of work in our current market sectors, while expanding our Oil & Gas business globally. We will draw on Clough’s strong engineering and project management capabilities to provide a comprehensive suite of engineering and design services to our clients.”

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