ABB to increase natural gas pipeline capacity in Turkey

Automation and electrical systems for gas compressor station will boost transportation capacity and reliability

Zurich, Switzerland, June 6, 2012 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group was awarded a contract to supply automation and safety systems, electrical equipment and related services for a new gas compression station that will serve the natural gas pipeline that runs across northern Turkey. The contract was awarded by Teknotes, the Turkish EPC subcontractor of engineering and construction firm Tecnicas Reunidas. The end customer is Botas, Turkey’s state owned petroleum pipeline corporation.

The new Erzincan Gas Compressor Station will be located in eastern Turkey and will consist of four turbine/compressor units with three units in operation and one unit spare. The flow rate of the pipeline varies between 1.6 to 2 million standard cubic meters per hour; ABB’s delivery will help to increase the overall transportation capacity of the pipeline, which supplies energy to a majority of Turkey’s residents.

ABB’s scope of supply includes an integrated 800xA automation system to control the compressor station and other processes, 800xA High Integrity safety system for emergency shut down, instrumentation, as well as transformers, medium and low voltage panels, and other electrical equipment. ABB will also provide all site control and engineering documentation, and related installation services.

“ABB’s advanced automation solutions, electrical scope of supply, and in-depth process knowledge will help this site to operate efficiently, reliably and safely from day one.” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our excellent industry reputation and project experience with this pipeline were also important in this contract win.”

This is ABB’s third gas compressor station contract from Botas in the last three years. ABB also delivered electrification and automation systems also for the previous two stations, in Sivas and Corum, Turkey.

ABB’s Process Automation division delivers industry specific solutions and services for industrial automation and plant electrification. These solutions help customers meet their critical business needs in the areas of energy efficiency, operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management, and global responsibility. Available industry specific solutions include process control, instrumentation, analytics, safety, plant optimization, telecommunications, energy management and power distribution.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.

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