ABB scoops $210 million contract

19 December 2006

Power and automation group ABB has won a contract with an Algerian oil and gas company to expand existing compressor and power systems in a deal worth $210 million. This will, say ABB, boost Sonatrach’s natural gas output and exports.

The project was awarded to ABB and a joint venture company operated by ABB’s Italian subsidiary and Sonatrach.

ABB predict the improvements in the Hassi R’Mel fields will support an expected increase in natural gas exports to Europe of some 30 billion cubic meters per year within the next five years. Under the project, three existing compressor stations serving the natural gas fields will be expanded. ABB’s scope of supply includes engineering, procurement, construction plus commissioning of the new stations and the work will be completed over a period of 32 months.

The project also includes the supply of new turbo compressors, upgrades to existing compressors and gas coolers.

“This project highlights how our advanced technology solutions are helping to raise productivity in the world’s energy industries,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of Process Automation at ABB. “Building on our successful working partnership, we look forward to helping Sonatrach further develop its oil and gas transport capabilities.”

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