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ABB Goes Deep With New Order

Company's scope of supply includes complete electrical systems for drill ships

Posted on February 7, 2013

ABB has received US$160 million worth of orders from Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd. for the design, supply, supervision of installation, testing and commissioning of the main electrical systems for seven next generation drill ships that will operate in the deep water oil and gas fields off the coast of Brazil. The orders were booked in the fourth quarter of last year and first quarter of this year.


The ships will be used to drill wells in the offshore pre-salt fields off Brazil’s southeast coast. ABB’s integrated electrical package will provide an energy efficient power supply to subsystems onboard ships, the company said.
 

The seven vessels are the first in a series of high-efficiency drill ships designed for ultra-deep water operations and built by Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz at their shipyard on the central eastern coast of Espirito Santo, Brazil. It is a wholly-owned shipyard of the Jurong Shipyard based in Singapore.
 

ABB’s scope of supply includes complete electrical systems including generators, distribution switchboards, transformers, drives and motors to power the ships’ thrusters and drilling systems. Equipment deliveries to the shipyard are scheduled for this year, with the first vessel to be delivered to the ship-owner in the second quarter of 2015.
 

The ships will be delivered to Sete Brazil, a company established in 2010 by various Brazilian and international investors. On delivery, the seven drill-ships will be chartered to Petrobras for 15 years. Three of the ships will be partially owned and operated for Petrobas by Odfjell and three by Seadrill, both Norwegian based companies.