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ABB wins e-house order for natural gas plant

Oilfield Technology,

ABB has won an order worth US$ 8.2 million from Initec (Técnicas Reunidas Group) to deliver the electric equipment for a new natural gas processing plant in Gran Chaco, Bolivia, in June 2013.

The new plant owned by Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), will process up to 27.7 million m3/day of natural gas. YPFB has entrusted the construction of the plant to Initec - a Tecnicas Reunidas Group company.

The electrical balance of plant (eBoP) consists of three e-houses including the air conditioning system, fire detection equipment, building infrastructures, and lighting system. Each e-house will contain all necessary electrical equipment for the successful operation of the plant, including medium and low voltage switchgear, transformers, the motors control centre, and the electrical control system.

ABB e-houses represent an innovative approach to the electrification of industrial plants, especially in the oil and gas sector with its demanding safety requirements. All electrical and control equipment for the industrial plant are located inside a single prefabricated steel building. Each e-house is manufactured according to the specific needs of the plant, and tested prior to the installation. Among the advantages of e-houses are its adaptability to different types of projects, enhanced safety, and shorter construction times.

Adapted from press release by Callum O’Reilly

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