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ABB completes the tallest e-houses on a floating LNG facility

Setting world record with impeccable safety record

With a height of a five-story building, the world’s tallest, single lift prefabricated electrical structures – or e-houses – for offshore use are being installed on a floating liquefied natural gas facility (FLNG). The installation, for Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), is also the world’s first commercial floating LNG facility featuring ABB e-houses which are used to manage the electrical requirements.

This is Petronas’ second floating liquefied natural gas (PFLNG 2) facility and will be moored over the deep-water Rotan gas field, located off the Malaysian coast.

In addition to its impressive size, the project was completed with a record of two million man-hours with zero lost time injury. A priority for safety has also been embedded into the future operations of the facility by incorporating the latest technologies adapted to corrosive offshore environments. The fully engineered electrical system contained within the e-house will include transformers, switchboards, motor-control centers and ABB’s Process Power Manager that ensures reliable and stable electricity supply to the FLNG facility.

The two e-houses are currently en-route to Samsung Heavy Industries’ yard in Geoje, Korea, for installation on the vessel.

“ABB’s long history of pioneering new technologies and expertise in the automation field is a perfect match for the floating LNG market,” says Per Erik Holsten, ABB Managing Director for Oil, Gas and Chemicals. “From concept to realization, our engineered solution is one of the optimized factors that allow oil and gas companies to exploit fields that are traditionally deemed as uneconomical. The PFLNG 2 project is also a testimonial of our commitment to stakeholders on safety, quality and customer satisfaction, irrespective of the magnitude of the project.”

PFLNG 2 will enable the liquefaction, production and offloading of natural gas in the Rotan field, and produce 1.5 million tonnes of LNG each year. The non-propelled vessel will be moored using an external turret.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees.


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