Awarded Orders

A selection of recently awarded orders provided to keep you up to date with ABLE, global manufacturer and supplier of instrumentation and control solutions.

Customer:Total E&P UK Ltd
Project:Breaking Vessel Containment
Location:Various Assets, North Sea, UK Sector
Products:Jerome 405 Mercury Vapour Analysers & UltraRAE Benzene Analysers

The hazard presented by both mercury vapour and benzene when breaking vessel containment on an offshore oil and gas rig, calls for accurate, real-time monitoring of trace levels to prevent personnel exposure.

Like mercury, which is extremely toxic, with inhalation of the vapour producing harmful effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys, benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil and one of the elementary petrochemicals. It has been identified as carcinogenic to humans, causing acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

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Because it is very easy for workers to be exposed to benzene and mercury vapour, portability is a vital factor in preserving their safety. Analysers that can be easily carried from place to place on an offshore rig provide employees with the ability to self-monitor their surroundings.

An added complication with mercury is its tendency to form amalgams with several metals, particularly aluminium, which leads to liquid metal embrittlement (LME). This can affect pipeline welds, cryogenic components, aluminium heat exchangers and hydrogenation catalysts. Failure of these components can lead to a plant shutdown with severe economic implications.

In order to ensure maximum protection for personnel when breaking open vessels and hydrocarbon lines, Total purchased several Jerome 405 Mercury Vapour Analysers and UltraRAE 3000 Benzene Monitors from ABLE via our 247able E-commerce platform.
The high specificity of the Jerome’s Gold Film Sensor technology precludes the possibility of erroneous readings from common interferents such as water vapour and measurements down to 0.5ug/m3 are easily achievable.

The UltraRAE 3000 is the most advanced Compound-Specific Monitor on the market. Its Photoionization Detector’s (PID) extended range of 0.05 to 10,000 ppm in VOC mode and 50 ppb to 200 ppm in benzene-specific mode makes it ideal for the application in question.

Customer:Apache North Sea Production
Project:Beryl Bravo Platform
Location:Beryl Field, North Sea, UK Sector
Products:ABLE v-Trakka Valve Position Transmitter

Apache have already effectively deployed ABLE’s unique v-Trakka Universal Christmas Tree Valve Position Transmitter across its Forties Delta and Beryl Alpha Platforms. For Beryl Bravo, space constraints resulting from the implementation of a new valve design called for a modification of the v-Trakka to suit. The necessary space saving was achieved by changing the original perpendicular transmitter arrangement to a more compact flat face device, facilitating mounting in the horizontal plane.

Apache recently evaluated and approved the indicator mounted redesign and have subsequently placed an order for 100 v-Trakkas. ABLE now have a proven product that is compatible with all primary manufacturer’s Christmas Tree Valve configurations.

Customer:Koza Gold Corporation
Project:Himmetdede Gold Mine
Location:Kocasinan, Central Turkey
Products:Jerome Mercury Vapour Analysers

Koza Gold is a leading Turkish gold mining company which currently owns four working mines at Ovacik, Cukuralan, Kaymaz and Himmetdede. Koza have a track record of sustained profitability underpinned by low operating costs. They produced 128 koz of gold in the first six months of 2015 and generated revenues of TL 385.2 million.

Koza were the first Turkish company in history to realise gold production in the Republic with the opening of the Ovacik mine at Bergama and this was a key factor in turning the country’s significant gold potential into economical gain.

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Due to certain intrinsic properties, the transition metal mercury can be used to separate gold from other materials. Mercury readily forms alloys with other metals called amalgams and is amalgamated with gold to facilitate the recovery of gold from its ores. To recover gold from the 50% mercury and 50% gold amalgam, it is heated to evaporate the mercury, leaving the gold behind.

Any of the four stages of the small-scale gold production process release mercury into the environment and it is well known that mercury is highly toxic, causing damage to the nervous system at even relatively low levels of exposure.

When it came to protecting its personnel in the Gold Room by monitoring the mercury hazard, Koza knew that the only instrument that could provide the low level detection capability, the speed of response and specificity required to deliver a viable measurement was the Jerome 405 Gold Film Mercury Vapour Analyser. Koza therefore approached ABLE Instruments in this regard. ABLE put forward a fixed point monitoring solution with the Jerome housed in an environmental enclosure with local display and external beacons for visual alarm indication.

Customer:Europa Crown Ltd
Project:Edible Oil Processing, Extraction & Refining
Products:ABLE Magnetic Level Gauges

Established in 1989, Europa Crown Ltd. is an international engineering organisation with its headquarters in East Yorkshire, UK. The company provides complete project management services to the oilseed processing, edible oil refining, speciality extraction, oleochemical and related consumer product industries.

From its headquarters next to the world famous Humber Bridge, Europa Crown plays a vital role in the Crown Group’s desire to provide engineering excellence on a global basis. By virtue of a key European location combined with the vast experience of its multi-disciplined personnel, Europa Crown Ltd. is confidently establishing the Crown name in more and more countries. Projects have been successfully completed throughout Europe (including Eastern Europe and the C.I.S.) and in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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As part of the edible oil extraction process, seeds such as soybean, rapeseed, cotton and sunflower are husked, cleaned and crushed. The crushed seeds are then heated to high temperatures in a steam bath before being put through a high volume press to liberate the oil from the seed pulp. The seed pulp and oil are then put through a hexane solvent bath and steamed again to extract more oil. It is for the critical application of monitoring the level in the hexane bath that Europa Crown have standardised on ABLE’s highly reliable range of Magnetic Level Gauges.

Customer:BP Caspian
Project:West Chirag PDQ
Location:Caspian Sea, Azeri Sector
Products:ABLE Fusion Level Gauge and Guided Wave Radar Transmitters

Oil production from the new West Chirag platform in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea started in January 2014. The platform was commissioned for the $6-billion Chirag oil project in 2010 as part of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field development.

More than $4 billion was allocated to construction of facilities and the pre-drill program, with the remainder being spent on platform development well drilling. The investment is designed to optimize recovery from the ACG field and the entire platform was fabricated in Azerbaijan using local resources.

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The West Chirag facility has been installed in around 170 m (558 ft) of water between the existing Chirag and Deepwater Gunashli platforms. Its oil-handling capacity is 183,000 b/d and its gas export capacity is 285 MMcf/d (8 MMcm/d).

As part of their continued support of BP-operated projects offshore Azerbaijan, Wood Group contracted ABLE to supply level gauges & transmitters for installation on West Chirag’s produced water system. For the degasser, ABLE provided their “Fusion” level gauge, which combines the operation of a float operated magnetic level indicator with a guided wave radar to offer two independent proven level technologies in one system. ABLE also specified a guided wave radar transmitter for discrete continuous measurement on the same process. All wetted parts, including the special design chamber for the Fusion, were manufactured in Hastelloy.

Oil produced from the J05 well will be processed onboard and then exported to the Sangachal Terminal via a new infield pipeline linked to an existing 30-in. subsea export pipeline. Production will ramp up as the other pre-drilled wells are brought online.

Gordon Birrell, BP’s regional president for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, said: “West Chirag is the eighth world-class offshore platform that we have built and operated in a safe and efficient manner in the Caspian. To date the ACG field has produced over 2.3 Bbbl of oil and with future continual major investments in new technologies and facilities…it will continue to produce…for many decades.”

Partners in the ACG development are BP (operator – 35.8%), SOCAR (11.6%), Chevron (11.3%), INPEX (11%), Statoil (8.6%), ExxonMobil (8%), TPAO (6.8%), ITOCHU (4.3%), and ONGC Videsh (2.7%).

Customer:Apache Corporation
Project:Beryl Alpha Platform
Location:North Sea - UK Sector
Products:ABLE Magnetic Level Gauges

Beryl Field is located about 335km north-east of Aberdeen on the United Kingdom continental shelf in Block 9/13. The project covers an area of around 12,000 acres in water depths ranging from 350ft to 400ft.

ExxonMobil Corporation’s Mobil North Sea Limited was the original operator of the field. In January 2012, Apache Corporation acquired all the assets of Mobil North Sea including the Beryl field. It is now the operator of the field with 50% interest. Hess Limited holds 22.22%, Enterprise Oil Limited has 22.78% and the remaining 5% share is held by OMV (UK) Limited.

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The field was discovered in 1972 and named after Beryl Solomon, wife of Mobil Europe president Charles Solomon. New drilling activities at the field were announced in September 2009. The co-venturers agreed to provide the required funding.

The Beryl Alpha Platform was constructed in 1975 with first production in 1976 and an estimated 25-year production period.

Apache approached ABLE with a request to replace a quantity of old, inoperable carbon steel/glass sight gauges with their renowned Magnetic Level Gauges.

The replacements were designed to fit the existing installation both dimensionally and functionally. A range of gauges were provided : 34300-K, 32755-K and 32755-K ‘special’ with Duplex process flanges which were required due to the pressure/temperature limitations of standard 316 Stainless Steel verses Carbon Steel. The gauges are required to operate on a range of low density hydrocarbons.

ABLE also provided the process isolation valves and mounting kits as part of the package as testimony to our capability to supply bespoke designed systems, a key element in ABLE winning the business.

Customer:Amec Foster Wheeler / BP
Project:Clair Ridge
Location:West of Shetland
Products:ABLE DuctMasterTM Ultra Low Velocity HVAC Flow Switch

The Clair field is located 75 km west of the Shetland Islands in 150 m of water and extends over an area of 220 km². Clair Ridge is the second phase of development of the Clair field which, with an estimated eight billion barrels of oil in place, is the largest undeveloped hydrocarbon resource on the UKCS. Clair was discovered in 1977, but challenging reservoir characteristics and the technological limits of the time meant it was the mid-1990s before the field saw extensive drilling and 2001 before BP and partners approved a development plan.

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To the north is Clair Ridge, where BP is targeting 640 million barrels of recoverable resources. The £4.5bn investment involves two new bridge-linked platforms, the jackets (legs) of which were installed in the summer of 2013. In 2015, the platform’s quarters and utilities (QU) topside modules were safely installed and construction was complete in June 2016 with the installation of the final topside modules. Hook-up and commissioning is now under way with first oil expected at the end of 2017.

Amec Foster Wheeler, a major contractor to the Clair Project, consulted ABLE Instruments & Controls Ltd with regard to the critical requirement for heater protection on the platforms’ HVAC modules. ABLE provided an effective solution by way of their DuctMaster TM Ultra –Low Velocity Flow Switch, part of ABLE’s Master Series of innovative flow technology instrumentation. The DuctMaster will be used to detect the loss of flow under extremely low velocity conditions.

Clair Ridge is designed to continue producing until 2050 at a peak rate of more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day.

It will see the world’s first deployment of BP’s enhanced oil recovery technology LoSal®, a water injection method that is expected to deliver an additional 40 million barrels of oil.

BP are continuing their appraisal drilling program in the Clair field to help define a possible third phase of development.