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ABB’s shore-to-ship power solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Swedish port

Up to seven ships can be supplied with reliable shore-side electricity to reduce emissions ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order from Ystad Hamn, the port authority of the city of Ystad in southern Sweden, to build the complete electrical onshore infrastructure to simultaneously power multiple vessels while berthed.The shore-to-ship power solutions enable vessels docked in the port to draw all the electricity needed for operating their onboard systems, including ventilation and cooling, from the local power network. The use of shore-side power allows ships to shut off their diesel engines while docked in port. This results in reductions in greenhouse gas and noise emissions as well as vibrations, improving environmental conditions for people in and around the port. It also allows an opportunity window for maintenance work on the engines.ABB pioneered the shore connection technology using frequency converters to adapt the shore-side power frequency of 50 Hz (hertz) to the 60 Hz system frequency as is the case with most vessels. The new installation will comprise five berths and offer flexibility to simultaneously supply power to vessels with 50 Hz and 60 Hz system frequencies. With a rating of 6.25 MVA (mega-volt-ampere) for 60 ...

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ABB to promote ‘cold ironing’ in UK

Technology for cutting all airborne emissions ABB Marine and Cranes reports that it is working to promote the environmental and commercial benefits of the use of shore-to-ship high voltage electrical connection technology in the UK market.Also known as 'cold ironing' and 'alternative marine power', ABB describes the technology as "essentially the port operator providing a connection to the local electricity network for the vessel. This allows the vessel to shut down its diesel engines thereby cutting all airborne emissions (CO2 plus other emissions such as NOx, SOx and particulates). In addition to the significant benefit to the environment, a reduction in noise pollution and vibration is realised which has a positive effect on local communities."According to ABB, there has been a common concern in the industry around the matter of global standards, something that has recently been addressed by the publication of the IEC 'publicly available standard' (IEC/ISO/IEEE 60092-510) which aims to ensure global compatibility for connections, communication and protection.Stuart Melling, account manager for ABB Marine and Crane business unit says: "This development removes some of the uncertainty a port and vessel operator would have around investing in this technology. The environmental benefits are clear, most of our customers accept ...

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Oil analysis for electric ship machinery

Spectro has announced a contract for the provision of analysis services for ABB s systems Spectro, a UK-based independent laboratory providing oil condition monitoring services, has announced a contract for the provision of analysis services for ABB's marine electric power and propulsion systems.The co-operation between the two companies will enable ABB to provide oil analysis services to vessels that use any of the range of ABB electric power and propulsion systems. Spectro will provide these services, through its Spectro UK or Jet-Care USA laboratories, enabling ABB to rigorously monitor its various shipboard machinery from larger systems to individual equipment.Spectro claims that its oil analysis services provide an important component for preventive monitoring and will enable ABB and its customers to better understand the health of the equipment and condition of the oil, as well as bringing optimal operation and maintenance performance. The data generated can anticipate equipment faults through analysis trending techniques and, according to Spectro, will ultimately deliver a more effective way to manage operational costs."Our global marine services organisation is committed to providing specialised service and support as an essential part of the solution we offer our customers" said Marko Kinnunen, development manager, ABB Marine. "Providing an analysis ...

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Big marine orders from Asian oil and gas

ABB wins orders worth a total of $200 million ABB reports that it won equipment orders worth a total of $200 million from Samsung, Hyundai, Keppel FELS and Jurong Shipyard, in South-Korea and Singapore, for 23 new jack-up and DP drilling vessels and one FPSO.The companysays that its delivery will help the ships maximise energy efficiency, and provide a reliable power supply to improve the use of onboard equipment. The scope of supply includes complete electrical systems and related equipment such as generators, distribution switchboards, and transformers, as well as drives and motors to power the ships' thrusters and drilling systems. The orders were all booked during the second quarter of 2011.The vessels will operate in oil and gas extraction, production and transportation, and include semi-submersible drilling rigs, drill ships, mobile oil and gas platforms as well as FPSO vessels."This group of important orders underscores ABB's excellent reputation for delivering comprehensive, reliable solutions that help our marine customers operate at the highest levels of efficiency, as well as our vast oil and gas industry expertise," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's process automation division.Source: The Motorship

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ABB wins $80 million power order for Itaipu hydroelectric plant

Substations to increase capacity, strengthen transmission grids in Paraguay ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won orders worth about $80 million from Itaipu Binacional, the operator of the Itaipu hydroelectric power plant, to build a new substation in Paraguay and expand an existing installation. The civil works will be carried out by CIE, a Paraguayan construction company. The order was booked in the second quarter.The Itaipu Binacional hydropower plant is located on the Paraná river bordering Brazil and Paraguay. It is the world's largest hydroelectric plant in terms of continual power generation and has an installed capacity of 14,000 megawatts (MW).ABB will build a new air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substation rated at 500/220/66 kilovolts (kV) to connect the electricity generated at Itaipu to a new 500 kV transmission line now being built that will help meet increasing demand for electricity in Paraguay. The existing 500 kV substation in Itaipu will also be expanded to enable the connection."The new substation and extension will enhance transmission capacity and support the development of Paraguay's power infrastructure," said Peter Leupp, head of ABB's Power Systems division. "In addition to bringing clean hydropower to meet growing electricity demand, it will also strengthen grid ...

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ABB wins $24 million marine order to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for two vessels

3D vessels for sea bottom resource exploration ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently won a $24 million order to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for two next generation Ramform vessels, capable of three-dimensional (3D) seismic data acquisition for sea bottom resource exploration.The ships will be constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and delivered to Norways Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS), a leading company in marine seismic and reservoir data acquisition, processing and analysis/interpretation services. Oil and gas companies then use this data to explore for hydrocarbon accumulations, to develop new oil and gas fields, and to manage their producing fields.The Ramform W-class vessels are the newest generation in the Ramform series, featuring advanced 3D seismic data acquisition/analysis capability. At 104 meters long, the ships will feature an exceptionally wide breadth of 70 meters. For quiet operation, they will feature diesel electric main propulsion.ABB will supply an advanced complete power and diesel electric system package, consisting of medium voltage switchboards including power management systems, generators, transformers,frequency converters and motors. The systems will provide reliable and fuel efficient propulsion for the ships.ABB has been one of the key suppliers for power and diesel electric systems for this unique vessel series ...

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