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ABB wins $15 million order to upgrade control systems at Kårstø gas plant


 Statoil on behalf of Gassco commissions latest version of 800xA automation software to run facility that processes output from 28 fields in Norwegian North Sea

Oslo, Norway, September 2, 2015 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has been awarded a $15 million contract by Norwegian oil operator Gassco and the Technical Service Provider Statoil to provide Kårstø gas-processing complex with an upgraded version of the control system software. The order reflects the importance of this facility, which receives gas and condensates from 28 fields in the North Sea, and is the third largest producer of natural gas liquids in the world.

Kårstø already has one of the largest 800xA safety and automation installations in the world, and now ABB will upgrade the human-machine interface (HMI) at the plant, including operator stations, system software and servers with the recently launched sixth version of its 800xA distributed control system (DCS). Once installed, the updated DCS will manage the processing plant’s production of 90 million cubic meters of rich gas a day. It also includes two test systems and three process simulators.