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: 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.

Customer: Cochran Ltd
Project: Steam Boiler Water Level Control
Location: Hartlepool Power Station
Products: Magnetrol Eclipse 706 Guided Wave Radar Transmitters (GWR)

Founded in 1898, Cochran are global specialists in manufacturing & supplying Industrial steam & hot water boilers.

From provision of new industrial boiler equipment, through maintenance and supply of replacement boiler spare parts; the Cochran boiler package is founded on over a century’s experience in the design and manufacture of industry-leading innovation in combustion and control system technology. The Scotland based company, which also has manufacturing facilities in China, Russia, Brazil and Spain, have a well-deserved reputation for providing comprehensive, life-long energy efficient solutions across the wide industry base that they serve.

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When Cochran were asked by Doosan to supply two new steam boilers, Magnetrol GWR were specified by the client for level control. With its Improved signal strength, consequent best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio, and its advanced diagnostics, The Eclipse Model 706 was ABLE Instruments’ recommendation for the application and Cochran subsequently purchased 4 units for integration into their scope of supply.

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.