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BP oil company to select ABB

ABB Automation Technologies : 25 March, 2007  (Company News)
BP is the second major oil company to select ABB
BP is the second major oil company to select ABBs HVDC Light technology to supply electric power from mainland Norway to an offshore oil and gas complex in the North Sea. The solution will reduce annual operating costs by millions of dollars and cut CO2 emissions by 300,000 tons a year.

The solution will enable BP to modernize its multi-platform Valhall complex in the North Sea and replace costly, CO2-emitting gas turbine generators with clean hydropower delivered via ABBs pioneering HVDC Light (high voltage direct current) technology from the Norwegian mainland.

Located 292 kilometers off the coast of Norway, Valhall is one of the farthest removed offshore platforms in the North Sea.

The project is part of a redevelopment scheme to increase production at the 25-year-old complex and equip it for another 40 years of service. Improvements include a new production and hotel platform that require more electric power than is currently available.

The choice facing BP was either to invest in more gas turbine generators or obtain the power directly from shore with ABBs HVDC Light technology. HVDC Light was launched in 1997 and remains a power transmission technology unique to ABB.
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