September/October 2013

Automation by the Numbers


ABB won an order worth about $30 million from Furnas Centrais Elétricas S.A. to construct a new indoor transmission substation in downtown Rio de Janeiro to power the renowned Maracanã Stadium and the adjacent neighborhood. The Maracanã Stadium was the world's largest when originally inaugurated in 1950, with space for about 200,000 spectators. It has been completely rebuilt for the forthcoming World Cup.

ABB is to design, supply, install, and commission a new indoor substation to replace a 40-year-old installation in Grajau, near the stadium. Thanks to the compact footprint of the gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), the new higher-capacity facility can be built on the same plot of land as the existing substation.

At 63 kiloamperes, the substation will have the highest short-circuit current interruption level of any GIS substation in Brazil. This rating refers to the maximum current that a circuit breaker is capable of interrupting to isolate a fault and protect the network. ABB will also install International Electrotechnical Commission 61850 substation automation, control, and protection systems to enable local as well as remote control and monitoring.


Premier Oil awarded Emerson Process Management a $17 million contract to automate a new offshore production platform in the Solan oil field on the U.K. continental shelf. Premier will manage the platform 100 miles west of Scotland from an onshore operations center in Aberdeen, U.K.

Designed for unmanned operations, the platform could serve as a model for future developments in marginal fields, where such operations can help increase profits as well as worker safety. The Solan field is expected to produce approximately 40 million barrels of oil, with an estimated initial production rate of 24,000 barrels a day by the end of 2014.

$6.7 million

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), a South Korean shipbuilder, awarded an order of more than $6.7 million to Rockwell Automation. The order is for fully integrated safety solutions for Transocean, an international provider of offshore contract drilling services for energy companies, and an important DSME customer. Rockwell Automation will provide its PlantPAx integrated control power and safety solution with the AADvance process safety system. The contract covers deliveries to four new Transocean drill ships, with options for six more ships.

7.5 million

Antipinsky Refinery CJSC will use Honeywell's Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) to control plant processes and general refinery facilities as part of the third stage of construction of the Antipinsky Refinery in Tyumen, Russia. The commissioning of the plant will double the refinery's capacity to 7.5 million tons annually, helping meet the growing demand for clean fuels and other oil products in Russia and the European Union.

Deploying Experion PKS is part of an initiative to create a single, central operations center at the Antipinsky Refinery. As an additional part of this initiative, Honeywell will supply up to 60 additional workstations to the refinery, which will be installed in the unified refinery control center.

The new construction is part of the refinery's plan to increase its capacity of crude oil processing and to enable production of products in the next year that meet the Euro 5 emission standards.


number2 Energie Wasser Bern has chosen Metso to completely retrofit the control system of its Felsenau/Engehalde hydropower plant located in Bern, Switzerland. New automation with 99.9% availability will significantly increase the plant's reliability and thus contribute to more efficient energy production.

New automation will replace the existing control system that has reached the end of its life cycle. The delivery is scheduled for April 2014.

Metso DNA will be used for the turbine control, sluice gate control, excitation control, and vibration monitoring, as well as for a power plant/river training simulator. Metso will also supply an excitation system, synchronization equipment, generator, and transformer protection. Metso's delivery includes engineering, disassembly of the old equipment, installation, commissioning, and testing.

Energie Wasser Bern is one of Switzerland's largest municipal energy companies. It delivers electricity, heat, water and waste treatment, and operates a fiber-optic network in Bern.


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