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:Karachaganak Petroleum Operating (KPO)
Project:Oil Treatment System Upgrade
Location:Republic of Kazakhstan
Products:RF Admittance Level Transmitters

The Karachaganak field, discovered in 1979, is one of the world’s largest gas and condensate fields. Located in north-west Kazakhstan and covering an area of over 280 square kilometres, it holds estimated hydrocarbons initially in place (HIIP) of 9 billion barrels of condensate and 48 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, with estimated gross reserves of over 2.4 billion barrels of condensate and 16 tcf of gas.

The Karachaganak Venture brings expertise and knowledge from five oil & gas companies – ENI (29.25 per cent), Royal Dutch Shell plc (29.25 per cent), Chevron (18 per cent), Lukoil (13.5 per cent) and KazMunaiGas (10 per cent). Together they share their experience and expertise with the Republic in looking at both domestic and export options for maximising the value of these resources.

As part of the Oil System Upgrade at KPC, KPO were looking to implement accurate and repeatable interface level measurement on both the oil and water sides of the Three Phase Separators, in some cases replacing the failed radar level gauges. ABLE were approached for a solution in this regard and supplied their renowned Drexelbrook Universal IV Transmitters. The specification called for incolnel 625 to meet the NACE MR0175 requirement for wetted parts. Measurement ranges of up to 4m and design pressures up to 61 bar were addressed.

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In 1997, Venture partners set out with the former State Oil & Gas Authority to develop the vast reserves of Karachaganak. They signed a Final Production Sharing Agreement (FPSA) which will see the partnership operate Karachaganak until 2038. Since signing this agreement they have invested over $22 billion in the operations and have applied industry leading hydrocarbon technology to one of the world’s most complex reservoirs.

In 2016 KPO produced 139.7 million barrels of oil equivalent of stabilised and unstabilised liquid hydrocarbons, gas and fuel gas. In addition, 8.04 billion cubic meters of sour dry gas were re-injected, a volume equivalent to approximately 46% of the total volume of produced gas.

While delivering on its operation commitments, KPO as a responsible corporate citizen works towards generating maximum social and economic benefits from the Karachaganak field for the local communities and the Republic of Kazakhstan as a whole.

Customer:Rolls Royce, UK
Project:Aero Engine Test Beds - Dew Point Monitoring
Location:Derby, Sin Fin A Site
Products:Chilled Mirror Hygrometers

With over 12,000 people and an estate of over 400,000 square metres, Derby is home to the largest concentration of Rolls Royce employees in the UK. It’s also home to their academy where over 200 apprentices are recruited each year and is the site for their Learning and Development centre.

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While civil aerospace is the main focus for Rolls Royce in Derby, the city plays host to the full breadth of the company. This includes 2,400 people in Raynesway. Its core gas turbine technology has created one of the broadest product ranges of aero engines in the world, with 54,000 engines in service with 500 airlines, 2,400 corporate and utility operators and more than 100 armed forces, powering both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

In 2017, the future of the civil aerospace division was secured for the next 30 years when the company decided that a new £90M test bed would be constructed on the Derby site instead of overseas. Dew point is a critical measurement in the monitoring of aero engine efficiency and when looking to equip the new facility, Rolls Royce turned to ABLE Instruments & Controls. ABLE has a long history of optical hygrometer supply and provision of expertise in good measurement practice to the Derby and Hucknall sites.

Customer:PetroChad (Mangara) Limited
Project:Moundou Power Station - Field Instrumentation
Location:Chad
Products:Turbine Flow Meters

Glencore plc is an Anglo–Swiss multinational commodity trading and mining company with headquarters in Baar, Switzerland. Through its Chad E & P asset company, PetroChad (Mangara) Limited, Glencore operates the Badila and Mangara oil blocks/sites in Chad.

The objective of PetroChad’s Moundou Power Station Project is to enable Chad’s second largest city to generate electricity from natural gas produced at the Mangara Field (currently Moundou uses diesel fuel generators for power generation).

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PetroChad have contracted ABLE to supply a number of Turbine Flow Meters for U & M-Pad Water Injection and Disposal applications on the power station upgrade. ABLE are also quoting for additional supporting instrument packages comprising pressure and temperature transmitters, pressure regulators, Coriolis mass flow meters and pig detectors.

Moundoe itself lies on the Mbéré River (a tributary of the Western Logone) some 475 kilometres south of the capital N’Djamena. It is the main city of the Ngambai people. Moundou has grown as an industrial centre, home to the Gala Brewery, which produces Chad’s most popular beer and the cotton and oil industries.

Customer:Dana Petroleum
Project:Triton FPSO Produced Water Metering
Location:North Sea UK Sector
Products:ABLE SlugMaster Intelligent Flow Meter

Following a successful survey and trial, ABLE have supplied their SlugMaster Intelligent Flow Meter to Dana Petroleum for deployment on the Triton FPSO OSPAR produced water outlets from the production separators. The SlugMasters will be installed on the 12” Guillemot and Bittern polishing vessel lines and the 8” Common polishing vessel line.

The ABLE SlugMaster has been specifically designed to achieve an accurate, robust and effective flow measurement under conditions of high gas entrainment such as those experienced on the Triton produced water lines. The meter uses dual technologies with a smart voting system and cross calibration for a seamless change over during transient conditions.

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The SlugMaster is true to the philosophy underpinning the ABLE’s innovative Master Series of metering products – the resolution of demanding application challenges in order to consistently deliver accurate flow measurements during process upsets and fluctuations in composition that would defeat conventional meters.

Dana’s Triton FPSO is located in block 21/30 approximately 120 miles east of Aberdeen, and produces oil and gas from the Bittern, Clapham, Pict, Saxon, Guillemot West and North West fields.

Triton is Dana’s first major operated asset in the UK, it consolidates the company’s strong position in the Central North Sea and is a core part of their strategy to acquire more operated positions where there is a strong commercial and operational rationale to do so.

Customer:Apache Corporation
Project:Beryl Alpha Platform Xmas Tree Valve Upgrade
Location:North Sea UK Sector
Products:ABLE v-Trakka Valve Position Transmitter

Having successfully furnished several of Apache’s other UK North Sea assets (inc. Beryl Bravo & Forties Charlie & Delta) with the innovative, in-house developed v-Trakka Universal Valve Position Indicator, ABLE have now been commissioned to retrofit this innovative device to the Xmas tree valves on the Beryl Alpha Platform.

The v-Trakkas will be replacing pressure transmitters installed on the valve hydraulic lines, the accuracy and reliability of which has been compromised by regular blockages necessitating intensive maintenance. Conversely, once fitted, the v-Trakka requires minimal attention.

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Having successfully furnished several of Apache’s other UK North Sea assets (inc. Beryl Bravo & Forties Charlie & Delta) with the innovative, in-house developed v-Trakka Universal Valve Position Indicator, ABLE have now been commissioned to retrofit this innovative device to the Xmas tree valves on the Beryl Alpha Platform.

The v-Trakkas will be replacing pressure transmitters installed on the valve hydraulic lines, the accuracy and reliability of which has been compromised by regular blockages necessitating intensive maintenance. Conversely, once fitted, the v-Trakka requires minimal attention.
The v-Trakka is a compact, lightweight mechanical instrument suitable for installation in the harsh well environment. The 316 st/ st cover and rigid base provides significant protection from dirt and everyday impacts. The cover also provides added safety by preventing personnel from standing in front of the valve stem. The high-viz position marker can be viewed through the toughened-glass window slots.
Apache continue to standardise on the v-Trakka across their various assets with several hundred now installed across the Beryl and Forties fields.

Many operators no longer use limit switches for control of Xmas tree valves as they are considered unreliable and unsuitable; limit switch technology only provides valve status as fully open or fully closed with no continuous feedback.
To compensate for this, an alternative method has been to infer the position of the valve by trending the pressure in the hydraulic lines. However, accuracy of the pressure measurement versus valve position is poor, as is reliability, due to transmitter blockages that require maintenance.

The consequences of incorrect valve position control can include process failures, shutdown and most importantly impact on a safe working environment. Such loss of production can incur massive costs.

For a continuous direct valve position measurement, ABLE have developed a universal valve position transmitter (v-Trakka) which can be retrofitted to most leading types of surface Xmas tree valves to provide an accurate and repeatable 4-20mA output correlating to the actual physical valve position.

Once installed, the v-Trakka requires no maintenance. The v-Trakka is a compact, lightweight mechanical instrument suitable for installation in the harsh well environment. The 316 st/ st cover and rigid base provides significant protection from dirt and everyday impacts. The cover also provides added safety by preventing personnel from standing in front of the valve stem. The high-viz position marker can be viewed through the toughened-glass window slots.

In order to facilitate installation across the myriad of Xmas tree valve designs v-Trakka is available in two variants. Model VT1 for continuous direct valve position measurement on valves that have a central stem and Model VT2 for applications involving top side trees that use the indicator window design.

ABLE Instruments presents the ABLE v-Trakka Christmas Tree Valve Position Transmitter. Secured directly to the valve collar and strong enough to withstand a scaffold pole knock, the v-Trakka also has a 316 stainless steel quick fit cover with viewing windows.

It is very easy to fit and simple to set up and provides protection from muck, physical damage and worker injury (by being in front of valve-stem).

Features:

  • 360° sensor allows for any stem rotation
  • 2-Wire EEx d Loop-powered Transmitter
  • Continuous Direct Measurement of Tree Valve-position
  • Universal Design; Retrofit to most common surface-trees, including:
    • Cameron
    • Baker-Hughes
    • Vetco
    • Safoco
    • Wood Group
    • Presco-Dyne
  • Extremely stable and robust design eliminates dependence on problematic limit switches and inferred pressure measurements.

Customer:Nexen
Project:Buzzard Phase II
Location:North Sea UK Sector
Products:V-Cone Flow Meter

Located about 96 km northeast of Aberdeen in approximately 96 m of water, the Nexen-operated Buzzard platform is the largest UK North Sea oil discovery in the past two decades. BPII is a subsea development of the Buzzard northern area. The objective of this project is to safely develop additional reserves and bring new production on stream, supporting the goal of maximizing economic recovery in the North Sea.

The selected concept is a subsea development of the Buzzard northern area, approx. 5km NE of Buzzard consisting of a 12-slot manifold (eight production slots and four water injection). The development will be tied back to the existing Buzzard complex with a pipeline bundle assembly incorporating pipelines, manifolds, subsea controls and chemical injection. A brownfield module is to be installed on the production platform for processing and export via current export pipeline routes.

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WorleyParsons UK, who are providing EPC services for the topsides module, including module fabrication, brownfield scopes, module landing preparation and the associated tie-ins, approached ABLE Instruments for a V-Cone Flow Meter for deployment on the Slugcatcher Gas Outlet Flow. In view of the high levels of corrosive and toxic agents in the process (H2S, CO2, Hg) the meter is to be manufactured in Super Duplex.

ABLE have a strong supply legacy with the Buzzard assets, having equipped the original platform with the nucleonics and allocation metering packages.

Customer:Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Ltd
Project:RRS Sir David Attenborough
Location:Birkenhead
Products:Miscellaneous level switches & gauges, temperature & pressure switches & transmitters, moisture in oil monitors.

The RRS Sir David Attenborough is a vessel owned by the Natural Environment Research Council which will be operated by the British Antarctic Survey for the purposes of both research and logistic support. The ship is intended to replace a pair of existing vessels, RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Ernest Shackleton. The vessel is named after famed broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

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The first steel for the construction of the ship was cut in July 2016. The keel laying ceremony for the ship, yard number 1390, took place on 17 October 2016.

Cammell Laird, the shipbuilding contractor responsible for the vessel’s construction, commissioned ABLE Instruments & Controls Ltd for the supply of a diverse instrument package to equip the Sir David Attenborough with a range of pressure and temperature switches and transmitters for critical pump & compressor protection duties, instrument air and cold room monitoring. ABLE are also supplying a variety of level controls for waste water tanks, drain tanks, expansion tanks and settling tanks, and some high end moisture in oil detectors for measuring water in fuel and lube oils.

The ship will be constructed by combining individually fabricated blocks, much like the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. The majority of the blocks will be manufactured by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead, but due to a tight schedule, the stern of the ship (named ‘Block 10’) was fabricated at the A&P Group on the River Tyne. The section was transported to Merseyside on a barge in August 2017. The stern section was loaded onto the barge by heavy lifting company ALE, using self-propelled modular trailers (SPMT). The same procedure in reverse was then used to get the hull segment on to the slipway at Birkenhead. The hull of Sir David Attenborough was named by her namesake and launched on 14 July 2018. She was moved into a wet dock for the addition of her superstructure and fitting out. The ship is scheduled to be completed by October 2018.

Customer:Clyde Bergmann / Drax Group
Project:Fly Ash Level Measurement on Electrostatic Precipitators
Location:Drax Power Station
Products:RF Admittance Continuous Level Probes

Clyde Bergemann Doncaster (CBD), also known as Clyde Bergemann Materials Handling Ltd is a market leader in ash handling solutions dedicated to the Power Generation Industry and Industrial markets such as Petrochemical, Pulp & Paper, and Waste to Energy, Biomass, Marine, Minerals and Mining.

The company has recently supplied a number of replacement electrostatic precipitators to Drax Power Station for capturing fly ash, also known as “pulverised fuel ash”, a coal combustion product that is composed of the particulates (fine particles of burned fuel) that are driven out of coal-fired boilers together with the flue gases. As part of that supply, CBD were also contracted to provide instruments for level alarm duties in the precipitators. For this purpose, CBD purchased Drexelbrook Intellipoint RF Admittance point level probes from ABLE Instruments & Controls Ltd.

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RF Admittance is a tried and tested solution to the fly ash level measurement application and has been an industry standard for coal fired power stations. Remote electronics negate potential problems associated with this harsh environment and Drexelbrook’s proven Cote-Shield technology ignores coating build-up on the probe.