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: Essar
Project: Radar Level Replacements & Upgrade
Location: Stanlow Refinery, Ellesmere Port
Products: Magnetrol Eclipse Guided Wave Radar Gauges

Essar are a leading player in the UK’s Oil & Chemical industry. The group’s annual revenue exceeds US$35 billion. It’s Stanlow Refinery, which is located on the South side of the Mersey estuary near Ellesmere Port, has origins dating back to the 1920s, when Shell built a plant which blended and distributed imported oil products. Before long, the plant also began to manufacture bitumen and special solvents such as turpentine substitute.

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Essar Oil (UK) Limited completed the acquisition of the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex from Shell in August 2011 and employs over 900 people, processing 9 million tonnes of crude per year. The site produces a range of oil products including about one sixth of Britain’s transport fuels annually – about 4.4 billion litres of diesel, 3 billion litres of petrol and 2 billion litres of jet fuel.

As part of Essar’s ambition for Stanlow to become the UK’s first low carbon refinery, they are continually reviewing their procedures to improve efficiency and upgrading the associated process control instrumentation to optimise output.

Essar have long favoured the revered Magnetrol range of guided wave radar (GWR) transmitters for various critical level applications across the refinery, including storage, dewatering, desalting, distillation, blending. Having previously deployed the Eclipse Model 706 GWR throughout the refinery, Essar has now embarked upon a program of upgrading to the current generation Eclipse 706. The 706 provides improved signal strength with best-in-class Signal-to-Noise Ratio and advanced diagnostics; the 706 supports both the FDT/DTM and Enhanced DD (EDDL) standards, which allow viewing of valuable configuration and diagnostic information such as the echo curve in tools such as PACTware ™, AMS Device Manager, and various HART® Field Communicators.

Customer: Air Products
Project: SmartFuel® Mobile Hydrogen Refuelling Stations
Location: Walton-On-Thames, UK
Products: Rheonik High Pressure Coriolis Mass Flow Meters

Hydrogen is a clean alternative to fossil fuels and is used in a wide range of transportation and power generation applications. As the world’s largest supplier of merchant hydrogen and a front runner in hydrogen fuel infrastructure, Air Products SmartFuel® mobile hydrogen technology brings safe, reliable and cost-effective hydrogen to hydrogen powered applications around the world.

Air Products have pledged to assist in addressing the world’s need for clean energy and materials while reducing environmental impacts. Hydrogen is key to rising to these challenges, and Air Products H2fM® Mobile Hydrogen Solutions cover the entire value chain for hydrogen fuelling.

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Hydrogen refuelling stations operate across a wide range of temperatures (−40 to 60 °C) and pressures (up to 875 bar) in accordance with the worldwide accepted fuelling protocol SAE J2601 [2]. The purpose of this document is to provide performance requirements for hydrogen dispensing systems used for fuelling heavy duty hydrogen transit buses and vehicles. With wireless telemetry, the fuel level can be remotely monitored and the portable hydrogen fueller refilled in place or exchanged for a full unit.

ABLE’s range of Rheonik High Pressure Coriolis Mass Flow Meters are fast becoming the go to methodology for evaluating the refuelling station dispenser as a measurement system.

For Air Products, ABLE specified the Model RHM04 Compact Coriolis Flow Sensor with enhanced performance and OIML R139 approval certificate of conformity for the metering of a hydrogen dispenser used for refuelling cars. The RHM04 is available in standard high-pressure versions up to 1067 bar (15475 psi).

For this application, the flow sensor was paired with the RHE28 advanced function transmitter in a rugged epoxy coated enclosure, designed for field mounting.

The unique robust torsion driven oscillation system delivers mass flow uncertainty down to 0.10.

Customer: Wood / Equinor
Project: Mariner A Operations Optimisation
Location: Northern North Sea, UK
Products: V-Cone Flow Meters

Wood has entered into a three-year agreement to deliver operations, maintenance, modifications, and offshore services on the Mariner A platform and Mariner B floating storage unit. The agreement, valued at around $75 million, will run for three years from January 2021 through to Q4 2023, with options to extend.

Equinor are a broad energy company with more than 21,000 colleagues committed to providing affordable energy for societies worldwide and taking a leading role in the energy transition. They are on route to net zero emissions through optimising their oil and gas portfolio, accelerating growth in renewables and pioneering developments in carbon capture and hydrogen.

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Equinor is present in around 30 countries around the world, including several of the world’s most important oil and gas provinces. They operate in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and Norway.

Mariner oil field is located approximately 150km east of the Shetland Islands, primarily in Block 9/11a in the northern North Sea, UK. It is the largest field developed on the UK Continental shelf in recent years.

The annual oil production rate from the field is approximately 55,000 barrels per day (b/d), which will increase to 70,000b/d during peak production phase.

Mariner is Equinor’s first operated asset in the UK, with its next target being Rosebank to the west of Shetland, though a final investment decision on that project is not expected until 2022.

The development has been praised for its use of automated drilling and digital twin technologies to improve costs.

When it came to the need for accurate and reliable flow metering on the 6” water injection lines, Wood approached ABLE, who specified the industry proven McCrometer V-Cone Differential Pressure Meters. To provide resistance to the potentially erosive nature of the process, the meters are constructed in 22% cr duplex stainless steel and are installed between 6” 1500# RTJ Flanges. 3.2 Material Certification is a pre-requisite. ABLE are also supplying the 5-valve manifolds and transmitter.

Customer: Petroineos
Project: Field Data Gathering & Collation
Location: Grangemouth, Scotland
Products: Aegex 10 Intrinsically Safe IoT 4G tablets

Petroineos is a refining and energy trading joint venture between PetroChina International London (PCIL) and INEOS Group.

Their strategically located refineries at Grangemouth, Scotland, and Lavera, France represent some of Europe’s longest standing crude oil refineries. These refineries supply fuel to local as well as international markets, whilst playing a vital role in supporting their local economies. Between them the two refineries process over 420,000 barrels of crude oil per day and produce more than 19 million tonnes of oil products each year.

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Petroineos came to ABLE with a request for 12-off intrinsically safe, Windows based 4G tablets for use in the field, with the capability of access into their O365 systems. The aim was to ensure shared files/workgroups and workflows could be enabled to carry out day to day activities without having to record, download/upload data after returning to a desktop or workstation.

Customer: Bangor University – Nuclear Futures Research Group
Project: THOR
Location: Bangor, North Wales
Products: Rheonik Coriolis Mass Flow Meters

The Nuclear Futures Bangor Research Group is dynamic team of academics based at Bangor University, who are looking to advance nuclear technologies in the North Wales region. Nuclear energy has played a key role in the area for many decades and the end of the Magnox era has opened up great new opportunities with two local nuclear licensed sites – Wylfa and Trawsfynydd.

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The Reactor Design and Thermal Hydraulics (RDTH) group was established in late 2019 and is led by Dr. Marcus Dahlfors. RDTH emphasises Reactor Physics in practical plant operation and core monitoring.

Thermal Hydraulics of Water-Cooled Nuclear Reactors reviews flow and heat transfer phenomena in nuclear systems and examines the critical contribution of this analysis to nuclear technology development.

The THOR Project or Thermal-Hydraulics Open-access Research, yields an accessible platform for collaboration partners and other interested parties. In addition to the many academic challenges, Dr Dahlfors and his team are looking to promote the “THOR” product to a number of potential clients, having taken the recent pandemic enforced lockdown as an opportunity to optimise and fine tune the design. As part of that optimisation, the team looked to improve the accuracy of the liquid and steam mass flow measurement in the loop and to that end they came to ABLE Instruments for the supply of a Rheonik Coriolis Flow Meter. The Rheonik meters are based on a unique, patented Omega tube design which offers increased signal to noise ratio, excellent repeatability and high stability for critical applications such as that presented by the THOR Project.

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Customer: Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council
Project: Odour Monitoring of Walleys Quarry Landfill Site
Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme
Products: Jerome J605 Hydrogen Sulphide Analysers

Having been labelled the country’s smelliest village, Silverdale in Staffordshire has been attracting the attention of the local council and the Environment Agency (EA) for all the wrong reasons. Silverdale’s residents have inundated the local authorities with a deluge of complaints about the rotten egg smell emanating from Walleys Quarry, the local landfill site.

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The offensive odour is in fact hydrogen sulphide (H₂S) and whilst it chiefly represents a nuisance to the local populace, at levels higher than the 8 parts per billion (ppb) concentration at which 50% of human beings can identify it, it can have debilitating medical effects such as headaches, itchy eyes and sore throats. A measure of the seriousness of the situation is a recent protest march by residents and several petitions being submitted to the government. It is now a major news story.

Both the EA and Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council are committed to alleviating the distress the landfill gas is causing the local community and it was decided that the best way forward was to monitor the levels of H2S pervading the local residences accurately and regularly. In order to effect this, the council contacted ABLE regarding the Jerome J605 Gold Film Hydrogen Sulphide Analyser which, since its launch, has become the recognised industry standard for water treatment, waste management companies and regulatory bodies such as the EA and SEPA. The Jerome’s specificity and single digit ppb low level detection capability makes it admirably suited to nuisance odour monitoring.

Currently, around the clock monitoring is taking place in the vicinity of the landfill as the authorities attempt to gather a representative quantity of data, with a view to forcing the landfill operators to take curative action and future responsibility for odour monitoring. This may well take legal action to resolve but whatever the outcome, Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council know that they can put their faith in the Jerome to deliver viable measurement data.

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.