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: Exolum Pipeline System Ltd
Project: Royal Portbury Dock Flow Meterimg System Upgrade
Location: Bristol
Products: Clamp-on Ultrasonic Flow Meters

Exolum Pipeline System manage an infrastructure network composed of 2,000 kilometres of oil pipelines and 24 liquid fuel storage terminals with a capacity of more than 2.5 million cubic metres. Within Exolum’s remit are the aviation fuel lines in Royal Portbury Docks, Bristol which deliver directly into the storage network serving the UK’s major airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick.

Having supplied the original clamp-on ultrasonic flow metering systems to three different sites (Portbury, Hallen Road and Redcliffe) within the network over 18 years ago, ABLE were contracted to survey the existing installations and provide any recommendations for upgrade.

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Whilst the systems have provided years of reliable service, ABLE’s inspection revealed that some components were ageing and had contributed to recent electronic board failures, interrupting essential fuel deliveries. Upgrade recommendations were focused on the Portbury site as the source of the recent issues.

As testimony to the longevity and robustness of the ABLE commissioned installation, it was determined that the flow station spools were in good condition and fully serviceable, as were the underground transducer cables and the transducers themselves. However, the field junction boxes needed replacing and the CTM allocator flow computers were obsolete so had to be upgraded.

Subsequently, new JBs and the current generation flow meters, the FST030 have been procured and will be commissioned by ABLE in the near future.

Customer: Cameron Flow Control Technology / SBM Offshore
Project: Payara Project Offshore Guyana
Location: Singapore (Fabrication)
Products: Magnetrol Atlas Magnetic Level Indicators

SBM Offshore is pleased to announce that Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has confirmed the award of contracts for the next phase of the Payara development project located in the Stabroek block in Guyana. Under these contracts, SBM Offshore will construct, install, and then lease and operate the Prosperity FPSO for a period of up to two years, after which the FPSO ownership and operation will transfer to EEPGL. Fabrication has recently commenced in Singapore.

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One of the critical process control applications aboard the FPSO is that of Triethylene glycol (TEG). TEG is used by the oil and gas industry to “dehydrate” natural gas. It may also be used to dehydrate other gases, including CO2, H2S, and other oxygenated gases.[2] It is necessary to dry natural gas to a certain point, as humidity in natural gas can cause pipelines to freeze, and create other problems for end users of the natural gas.

TEG is placed into contact with natural gas and strips the water out of the gas. TEG is heated to a high temperature and put through a condensing system, which removes the water as waste and reclaims the TEG for continuous reuse within the system. The withdrawal of the water-rich glycol from the bottom of the absorber is facilitated by a level control, and high- and low-level shutdown can be applied to the reboiler, surge tank and flash separator.

When looking for a robust, reliable level measurement instrument, Cameron, acting on behalf of SBM Offshore, consulted ABLE Instruments. ABLE recommended Magnetrol’s industry proven AtlasTM Magnetic Level Indicator, providing both visual indication and a transmitter generated 4-20mA control signal (HART).

The Prosperity FPSO will utilize a design that largely replicates the design of the Liza Unity FPSO. The FPSO will be designed to produce 220,000 barrels of oil per day, will have associated gas treatment capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day.

Customer: BOC
Project: Reformer Combustion Air Flow Line Upgrade Program
Location: St. Helens Plant
Products: V-Cone Flowmeters

As the largest provider of industrial, medical, and special gases in the UK and Ireland, BOC probably need no introduction. BOC supply thousands of different types of gas, and gas mixtures to more than 400,000 customers across almost every manufacturing process. Sectors serviced are the petroleum, electronic, steel manufacturing, metal producing and fabricating, construction, ceramic, and food and beverage industries.

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Its principal related companies operate in over 60 countries across the globe. The company also owns subsidiaries that provide vacuum technology and distribution services.

Traditionally, BOC has used pitot tubes to measure sir flow on their reformer combustion line. However, these outlet collection systems operate under severe service conditions that push the metallurgical limits of the materials used. For that reason, reliable long‐term performance depends strongly on the operational control and maintenance practices applied by the owners. The pitot tubes had displayed measurement errors from day 1 and had ultimately failed. The search for an alternative solution was complicated by severe restrictions on installation space. Consequently, ABLE Instruments recommended the deployment of a V-Cone Flow Meter. With built in flow conditioning, the V-Cone is especially beneficial in tight-fit installations where straight pipe runs are at a premium and only a minimal pressure drop can be tolerated. SIL2 was also a requirement so ABLE worked with BOC to ensure the correct associated pressure transmitters and manifold were supplied.

Customer: Kingspan
Project: Moisture in Polycarbonates
Location: Castleblayney, Ireland
Products: Computrac Moisture in Solids Analysers

Kingspan is a global leader in high-performance insulation and building envelope solutions. The Kingspan Group is a €4.4bn revenue concern with 5 main business streams across 129 manufacturing sites in over 70 countries.

Kingspan’s Insulated Panels, a key innovator in the design and development of advanced building envelopes, has recently launched its ZerO Energy Lighting solution to help businesses eliminate their lighting electricity bills. This product combines the latest in polycarbonate rooflight products with LED lighting.

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The moisture content of the polycarbonate used to construct the panels is critical to the finished quality of the product. Too much moisture in the pellets prior to melting and extrusion and the final product will suffer from runniness and splay (off-colour streaking), too little moisture can cause clogging and production delays and render the end-product brittle.

Considering the significance of an accurate, trace moisture measurement of the polycarbonate pellets prior to production, Kingspan approached ABLE Instruments, experts in the field of moisture analysis, for a precise and reliable solution. ABLE recommended the best-in-class Computrac MAX-4000XL loss-on-drying moisture and solids analyser.

Simple to operate, highly durable and equally at home in research, manufacturing and laboratory environments, the MAX 4000XL is the ideal choice for critical moisture analysis.

Customer: Johnson Controls / Tyco
Project: SBM Offshore Mero 2
Location: Santos Basin Offshore Brazil
Products: 1.2M Value - 115 Rheonik Coriolis Mass Flow Meters

SBM Offshore, a leader in floating production, storage and offload systems (FPSO) has obtained a 22.5 year lease, together with Petrobras, to operate the FPSO Sepetiba (Mero 2), to be deployed at the Mero field in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil, 180 kilometres offshore Rio de Janeiro.

The Libra block, where the Mero field is located, is under a Production Sharing Agreement to a Consortium comprised of Petrobras, as the Operator, with 40 percent, Shell with 20 percent, Total with 20 percent, CNODC with 10 percent and CNOOC Limited with 10 percent interest. The Consortium also has the participation of the state-owned company Pré-Sal Petróleo SA (PPSA) as manager of the Production Sharing Contract.

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The FPSO will be designed to produce 180,000 barrels of oil per day. Furthermore, the FPSO will have a water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day, associated gas treatment capacity of 12 million standard cubic meters per day and a minimum storage capacity of 1.4 million barrels of crude oil.

SBM Offshore will design and construct the FPSO Mero 2 using its industry leading Fast4WardTM program as it incorporates the Company’s new build, multi-purpose hull combined with several standardized topsides modules.

Johnson Controls International plc were contracted for the supply of mass flow meters for Chemical Distribution Packages to the FPSO – chemical solutions to improve oil recovery, remove formation damage, clean blocked perforations or formation layers, reduce or inhibit corrosion, upgrade crude oil, or address crude oil flow-assurance issues.

Aware of the accuracy and versatility of the Rheonik Coriolis line, Johnson Controls approached ABLE instruments, Rheonik’s exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland, and subsequently placed an order for an instrument package that included 115 meters for various chemical injection duties, including Hydrogen Sulphide scavengers, Demulsifier, Asphaltene, Scale (Ethanol/MEG), Foam and Wax Inhibitors.

Delivery of the FPSO is expected in 2022.

Customer: Major Oil & Gas Operator / Craig International Supplies
Project: Fuel Oil and Lube Oil Tank Upgrades
Location: FPSO – North Sea
Products: WEKA Magnetic Level Gauges

Craig International have been a name synonymous with quality procurement services for the oil and gas industry. A family-owned business, they are part of the international Craig Group and label themselves as a technologically advanced procurement partner for the modern-day energy industry.

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Having attained a contract to upgrade existing level measurement instrumentation with high quality Magnetic Level Indicators (MLI) on a North Sea Floating Platform Storage and Offload vessel (FPSO), Craig needed an experienced supplier and manufacturer to address the various fuel and lube oil tank applications. ABLE proposed the supply of the well-respected WEKA AG SmartLine 50 MLI. Based on this small, lightweight float, it is possible to produce a magnetic visual level indicator with a tube diameter of an inch, i.e. 33.7 mm. Thanks to the slim design, steel is saved, which lowers the manufacturing costs but also saves on transportation costs.

Since, as with all WEKA devices, the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) is observed, the lower volume plays a major role, as it results in lower categories and a lower test workload, making SmartLine – an intelligent solution for the measurement.

Customer: Exxon Mobil
Project: SPUK SBM Exxon Liza Prosperity / WM Coulthard & Co. Ltd
Location: Liza Unity FPSO - Offshore Guyana
Products: Magnetrol Eclipse 706 Guided Wave Radar & Atlas Magnetic Level Gauges

Dutch FPSO provider SBM Offshore has begun the topside integration phase on the Liza Unity FPSO in a yard in Singapore. Once completed, the FPSO will be deployed at ExxonMobil’s Stabroek offshore block in Guyana and become Guyana’s second FPSO in production.

The FPSO is designed to produce 220,000 barrels of oil per day. It will also have an associated gas treatment capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day. The FPSO will be spread moored in a water depth of about 1,600 metres and will be able to store around 2 million barrels of crude oil.

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WM Coulthard, an established UK based manufacturer of bespoke lubrication and lube oil systems, were contracted to provide Series Progressive lubricant skids to the project. Having built their reputation for the high quality and longevity of their products in demanding environments and industries, the integrated level instrumentation must meet the same criteria.

Consequently, WM Coulthard approached ABLE Instruments for the appropriate process control instrumentation to address the level applications on their lubricators. ABLE duly supplied a combination of the Magnetrol ATLAS Magnetic Level Gauges for visual indication and Magnetrol’s best-in-class Eclipse Model 706 Guided Wave Radar Transmitter to provide an independent linear 4-20mA (HART) control signal

Customer: Saudi Aramco / Sulzer Pumps UK
Project: Dammam Crude and Gas Development Project
Location: Dammam Saudi Arabia
Products: Magnetrol Guided Wave Radar & Magnetic Level Gauges

Sulzer is a global leader in fluid engineering. They specialize in pumping, agitation, mixing, separation and application technologies for fluids of all types. They have a well-earned reputation for their commitment to innovation, performance and quality. Sulzer have a network of 50 world-class manufacturing facilities and 100 service centres across the globe.

For the Saudi Aramco Dammam Crude and Gas Development Project, Sulzer were contracted to supply 2-off Multiphase Pumps (MPP) skids with all associated auxiliaries and process control equipment.

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The process equipment included 4-metre-tall, pressurised Buffer Tank vessels installed upstream of the MPP to prevent said pumps from running dry by remixing the gas and liquid in the process.

Unlike most centrifugal pumps, which would be damaged by gas pockets, a MPP can operate on a gas / liquid mix. The Dammam Project however, has the Pumps installed right at the start of the pipeline as the oil comes out of the ground, therefore at this point the oil has not been processed or separated from the gas and water etc, hence the requirement for a MPP.

Each of Buffer Tanks required accurate level control using both a Magnetrol Eclipse 706 Guided Wave Radar (GWR) augmented by visual indication via a Magnetrol Atlas Magnetic Level Indicator (MLI). Both the MLIs and the radar probes are to be manufactured in Hastelloy C with the latter being installed in internally coated carbon steel chambers.