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: Vision Recycling
Project: Mercury Monitoring of Flat Panel Recycling Facility
Location: Worcester
Products: Fixed Monitoring Jerome Gold-Film Mercury Vapour Analyser

Established in February 2019, Vision Recycling Ltd recycles waste electrical and electronic items, specialising in the recycling of flat screen televisions and monitors in compliance with EU WEEE directives.

It is widely acknowledged that an increasing amount of flat panel displays will be entering the waste stream over the next 5 to 10 years, with a significant proportion of these being hazardous Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) products containing fluorescent backlights.

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The amount of mercury in a fluorescent lamp varies from 3 to 46 mg, depending on lamp size and age. Newer lamps contain less mercury and the 3–4 mg versions are sold as low-mercury types. A typical 2006-era 4 ft (122 cm) T-12 fluorescent lamp contains about 5 milligrams of mercury.

Mercury is essential to a fluorescent bulb’s ability to emit light; no other element has proved as efficient. As effective as it is at enabling white light, however, mercury—sometimes called quicksilver—is also highly toxic. The inhalation of mercury vapour can produce harmful effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys, and may be fatal. The inorganic salts of mercury are corrosive to the skin, eyes and gastrointestinal tract, and may induce kidney toxicity if ingested.

Vision Recycling wanted to implement both a mobile mercury monitoring capability for general plant safety use and a stand-alone fixed-point analyser in an enclosure to police a potential vapour “hot spot”. The company selected the proven Jerome J405 Gold Film Mercury Vapour Analyser as recommended by ABLE, who offered to custom build the system enclosure. A 15-minute sampling regime will be used with integral beacon illumination to indicate both normal operation and the exceeding of a pre-set vapour concentration threshold.

Customer: Areera Ltd
Project: Halifax Flat Panel Display Recycling Facility
Location: West Yorkshire
Products: Jerome Gold-Film Mercury Vapour Analyser

The electrical waste recycling sector is under-going something of a revolution in health & safety and automation. Areera, a Yorkshire based company are front and centre of this modernisation and are the only facility in Europe to use artificial intelligence (AI) and X-ray technology to recycle screen-based devices.

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Areera’s state-of-the-art technology is supplied by FDP Recycling, a Limerick based company who specialise in AI based recycling robots. The FPD system automatically cuts open the flat panel display, detects the position of the tubes, extracts them with a robotic arm, separating and containing the bulk of the contaminated material safely.

Safety regulations specified the need for regular mobile mercury vapour monitoring throughout the plant. Having invested in a “Rolls Royce” standard automated system, the situation demanded best in class monitoring and, following a demonstration of ABLE’s revered Jerome J405 Mercury Vapour Analyser, Areera had no hesitation in procuring a unit. From office areas to canteen, to changing rooms, as well as the main storage and processing areas, Areera staff now enjoy peace of mind augmented by fast and accurate mercury measurements across the plant.

Customer: Exolum Pipeline System Ltd
Project: Royal Portbury Dock Flow Metering 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 Dock, 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.