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Wed 30 May 2007 10:19 AM

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ABB on board for Qatar oil platforms

The power group has landed a $26 million order for two Maersk Oil Qatar platforms.

Power group ABB has received an order worth $26 million to be the main electrical and instrumentation vendor for two oil platforms currently being built for Maersk Oil Qatar.

ABB will supply systems for electrification, telecommunications, instrumentation, fire and gas, safety and navigational aids. The company will also support engineering design, yard fabrication and offshore commissioning.

"ABB has a long working relationship with both Maersk Oil Qatar and Sime Derby in Malaysia," said Svein Knudsen, vice president of ABB Qatar. "ABB's focus has always been to deliver products and services to reduce energy consumption that will reduce the CO2 and NOX emission. A few examples are variable speed drives, energy efficient motors and process optimisation."

In late 2005, Maersk Oil Qatar and Qatar Petroleum agreed on a plan for further development of the Al Shaheen Field off Qatar. The field development plan calls for drilling of more than 160 production and water injection wells during a six-year period, along with 19 new platforms interconnected by sub-sea pipelines.

ABB system deliveries for the two current platforms will begin during the first quarter of 2008 and are scheduled for completion by the end of next year. The platforms will begin operations in late 2009.

"Overall, the Middle East is an important and fast growing region for ABB, with revenues of more than US $2.4 billion in 2006 and more than 6 000 employees in its automation and power technology businesses," added Knudsen.

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