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Tue 15 May 2007 05:56 PM

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ABB on board for Qatar oil platforms

ABB recieves $26m order to be main vendor for two oil platforms.

Power and automation technology group ABB has received an order worth US $26 million to be the main electrical and instrumentation vendor (MEIV) 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 detail engineering design, yard fabrication and offshore commissioning.

"This project demonstrates our continuing partnership with leading oil and gas operators," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's Process Automation division. "Our customers rely on ABB to help improve platform efficiency while lowering energy use and environmental impact."

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 to be completed by the end of next year. The platforms will begin operations in late 2009.

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