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: Haskel Europe Limited
Project: Hydrogen Fuelling Stations
Location: UK & Europe Various
Products: Rheonik HP Coriolis Mass Flow Meters

With 70 years of high-pressure innovation and a strong reputation for quality, safety, reliability and expertise in high-pressure liquid and gas transfer and pressurization technology, Haskel manufacture a full range of hydrogen handling equipment.

For typical hydrogen refuelling stations, medium- and high-pressure storage tanks, with pressure stages of 200 to 450 bar and 800 to 1,000 bar respectively, are used to refuel the customer vehicle. The hydrogen from the low-pressure storage tank can be transferred via a high-pressure compressor to the high-pressure storage tank. The pressure there is high enough to directly refuel the vehicle.

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As the hydrogen is transferred to storage and into fuel cell vehicles at very high pressures (900 bar), high velocities and at varying temperatures. The provision of a flow meter to measure under these conditions is not a trivial matter as it must be accurate, reliable and suitable for end user point-of-sale billing. Rheonik mass flow meters have proven to be, and continue to be, the most reliable meters for H2 measurement available. Consequently, Rheonik’s RHM04 was supplied and is currently the only mass flow meter that can meet the necessary criteria.

This is underlined by Rheonik being the first Coriolis manufacturer to obtain a custody transfer approval for a broad range of mass flowmeters for mobile and stationary hydrogen applications up to 1070 bar according to MID MI002 / OIML R137.

Customer: CNOOC
Project: Radar Gauging Upgrade
Location: Golden Eagle Platform, North Sea UK Sector
Products: Magnetrol Eclipse Model 706 Guided Wave Radar

CNOOC International is one of the largest oil producers in the UK North Sea, contributing more than 25% of the UK’s oil production, and 10% of the country’s energy needs.

CNOOC International is the operator of the Buzzard, Golden Eagle and Scott platforms.

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Operated alongside their Buzzard and Scott platforms, the CNOOC International Golden Eagle platform, located 70 kilometres northeast of Aberdeen, produced first oil in October 2014 at a rate of 18,000 barrels of oil a day (bopd). This major milestone was accomplished under budget, ahead of schedule, and with a world-class safety record. A further investment of $3.3bn enabled production to peak in 2015 at 70,000bopd.

CNOOC are planning for a long, successful and safe operating life at Golden Eagle, which is also expected to act as a future hub for tieback opportunities. A good example of this hub strategy at work is the Solitaire field, which was discovered in 2001 and acquired by CNOOC International and their Golden Eagle co-venture partners in 2010. Located four kilometres northeast of Golden Eagle, Solitaire was a stranded discovery and not large enough to be developed on its own. By creating a tieback to Golden Eagle infrastructure, Solitaire came on stream with first production in December 2015.

CNOOC recently took the decision to replace their ageing Magnetrol Eclipse Model 705 Guided Wave Radar (GWR) Transmitters with the superior, advanced technology of current generation Model 706 GWR.

Encompassing several significant, performance enhancing features, such as best-in-class Signal-to-Noise Ratio, advanced diagnostics, including pro-active build-up detection, and standard SIL2 Certification, the Model 706 has become the market leader in GWR transmitter performance.

The Model 706 is now deployed across several critical level measurement duties throughout the platform’s separation train.

Customer: Powder Systems Limited
Project: Filter Dryer & Microsphere Formation Skid
Location: Liverpool, UK
Products: Canty Industrial Process Camera Systems

PSL is an award-winning international manufacturer providing quality innovative technology with process development expertise to the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, chemical and laboratory industries since 1989. PSL provides a full range of filtration, drying and high containment powder handling solutions from small-scale production to full process systems.

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When PSL decided to upgrade the quality and intelligence of their filter monitoring systems, they turned to ABLE and their Canty Vision Monitoring Systems. After an in-depth consultation and technology review period, PSL decided to integrate Canty Process Camera Systems into their GFD Filter Dryer and MSR MicroSphere Refining systems. Canty process cameras deliver visual monitoring of the vessel interior and can be utilised for accurate level measurement as well as foam detection and control. Once the systems have bedded in, PSL and ABLE will collaborate over the installation of Canty InFlow Liquid Particle Analysers to determine and optimise microSphere particle size distribution.

Customer: Alba Power Ltd
Project: Lube Oil Level Instrument Upgrade
Location: Savannah River Mill, Rincon, Georgia
Products: Guided Wave Radar Level Transmitters

Alba Power is the leading global independent for the provision of dedicated support services to the aeroderivative/industrial gas turbine, power turbine and marine tine turbines, controls and rotating equipment markets. Alba help customers reduce costs by providing high quality overhauls, repairs, spare parts and field services for mechanical and existing controls support, as well as contractual long-term service agreements. They also specialise in developing and delivering upgrades to existing technology through controls, retrofits and tailormade design solutions for total package support from intake to exhaust, for specific customer requirements.

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Alba’s client, Georgia-Pacific LLC, is one of the world’s leading makers of tissue, pulp, packaging, building products and related chemicals. They are a well-respected name in the construction business, particularly for their high-quality gypsum panels. They also provide comprehensive support to the aerospace, mining or facilities management industries.

When Georgia-Pacific needed to upgrade the level measurement instrumentation on the lube oil tanks at their Savannah River Mill paper plant, due to the repeated failure of the existing ultrasonic devices, Alba contracted ABLE to supply Magnetrol’s “best-in-class” Magnetrol Eclipse 706 Guided Wave Radar Transmitters. Encompassing a number of significant engineering enhancements, this leading-edge level transmitter is designed to provide measurement performance well beyond that of many of the more traditional technologies.

Customer: ETA Process Plant
Project: Kivu Methane Gas to Power
Location: Kivu, Rwanda
Products: Magnetrol Eclipse 706 Guided Wave Radar (GWR) & Aurora Magnetic Level Gauge/GWR Combo

Eta Process Plant designs, provides, and installs complete customized water injection packages, crude oil and condensate stabilizer packages, sour water stripping packages, and skim tank packages for onshore and offshore applications. With over 40 years of experience globally, Eta maintains project management and quality assurance standards that are in compliance with the leading engineering, procurement, construction, oil and gas company requirements.

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From design to project management, Eta provides a cost-effective, fully skid-mounted turnkey plant package for easy integration into multiple locations (onshore, offshore fixed platform, or FPSO).

The Power plant will be located on Nyamyumba sector in Rubavu District. The first barge will provide 14 MW of electricity 15 months after the project reaches Financial Close.

Reliability and accuracy were the key criteria in Eta’s selection of level measurement equipment for the Water Wash Tower and Fuel Gas Knock Out Drum duties on the Shema Power Lake Methane Gas Generation Plant.

The Aurora® combines the operating system of a conventional float-based magnetic level indicator (MLI) with the leading-edge Eclipse® guided wave radar transmitter developed for level measurement applications. The result is true level-measurement redundancy in a single-chamber design.

Customer: American Sugar Refining / Tate & Lyle
Project: Sugar Crystallisation Vessel Sight Glass Upgrade
Location: Thames Refinery, Silvertown
Products: Canty Fuseview Sight Glasses

Tate & Lyle PLC is a British-headquartered, global supplier of food and beverage ingredients to industrial markets. It was originally a sugar refining business, but from the 1970s it began to diversify, eventually divesting its sugar business in 2012. It specializes in turning raw materials such as corn and tapioca into ingredients that add taste, texture, and nutrients to food and beverages.

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In July 2010 the company announced the sale of its sugar refining business, including rights to use the Tate & Lyle brand name and Lyle’s Golden Syrup, to American Sugar Refining (ASR) for £211 million. The sale included the Plaistow Wharf and Silvertown plants.

The sugar crystallisation process is typically monitored by operators viewing through a series of sight glasses on the side of the vessel. The process takes place under vacuum, so it important to have no leak paths in order to maintain a full vacuum, boil at a lower temperature, and therefore save on energy.

Historically, Tate & Lyle had installed standard tempered sight glasses, which were typically under tightened due to the risk of cracking either during installation, or during process operation, as the unit experiences local expansion and contraction during temperature cycling. This resulted in leak path creation and, ultimately, common failure of the tempered glass.

When ABLE and Canty were able demonstrate the theoretical cost savings of upgrading to the Fuseview, ASR embarked on a program to replace all existing 70 tempered glass units. The Fuseview features a metallic outer ring fused to glass so the user is tightening on metal and cannot therefore over torque and damage the window. As a result, a full seal is maintained and a full vacuum achieved, resulting in significant energy savings.

Customer: Arq UK Management Limited
Project: Arq Fuel Production
Location: Corbin, Kentucky, USA
Products: Canty Lab InFlow Particle Analyser with Automated Dilution System

At their processing plant in Corbin, Kentucky, which is the first of its kind anywhere in the world, Arq separates pure hydrocarbons from mineral matter, transforming coal and coal waste into Arq Fuel™, a micro-fine powder used for blending into oil products. Arq Fuel™ behaves like oil without the costs of the oil industry. Over 41 million tonnes of coal waste are currently under management at Corbin. The plant will produce over 1 million tonnes of Arq Fuel over the next 12 years.

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Arq will tell you that they are neither a mining nor oil company, taking nothing new out of the earth. They state that they are technology-led innovators applying new processes to extract pure energy from the waste produced as a result of coal mining.

As global demand for energy continues to increase, making the best use of our finite resources is one of the greatest challenges we face today.

Once the microfine coal has been pumped into water-based separation columns, where the hydrocarbons rise to the top and the mineral impurities fall to the bottom, accurate particle analysis of the purified hydrocarbon fuel is required.

Following extensive and successful laboratory trials involving Canty’s Laboratory Inflow Particle Analyser, Arq purchased a complete system with an automated dilution function, a hot fluids handling capability and trace heating.

Customer: Quorn Foods
Project: Food Preservation – Nitrogen displacement of Oxygen
Location: Belasis, Billigham, UK
Products: Magnetrol Thermal Dispersion Mass Flow Meters

Quorn Foods is the world’s leader in meat alternatives with a vision to create better protein for people and the planet, addressing global health and sustainability issues.

On 15 November 2018, the world’s biggest meat alternative production facility officially opened at Quorn Foods’ Belasis site in Billingham, in the North East. The factory expansion of 9,500m2 doubled production capacity of Quorn’s core products, adding approximately 20,000 tonnes per annum. It is part of a £150m investment by Quorn Foods, reflecting an increase in flexitarian and vegan diets, and the fact that the UK is the most advanced meat-free market in the world.

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The state-of-the-art production facility will produce 1.33M packs of Quorn® products per week, equivalent to the meat produced by 1,600 cows. The efficiency improvements the expansion will deliver will help Quorn Foods continue to reduce its carbon emissions per tonne of food produced, already down by 35% since 2012.

The packaging process at Belasis uses large quantities of on-site generated nitrogen gas to displace oxygen and thereby preserve the food. Oxygen is the main agent in the air that causes spoilage by allowing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria. Not only would the bacteria spoil the food, but they could also cause disease and/or death in consumers. By contrast, nitrogen is a nonreactive gas that is non-toxic & non-odorous.

The large volumes of expensive, high purity nitrogen are produced for the blanketing process must therefore be accurately metered. When Quorn Foods needed to address this measurement, they contracted ABLE to supply them with Magnetrol’s industry proven Thermatel TA2 Thermal Mass Flow Meter. With its excellent low flow sensitivity, high turndown and direct mass flow measurement, the TA-2 is ideally suited to this critical application.