ABB Wins $130 Million Gas Compressor Project in Pakistan

2008-03-17 - New plant will boost production to feed Pakistan's main pipelines

Sesto San Giovanni (Milan), Italy, - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that it signed a $130 million contract for the development of the Sawan Gas Field Compressor Project, located 80 km southeast of Sukkur city in Pakistan. OMV Pakistan Exploration G.m.b.H., the largest international gas operator in Pakistan, awarded the project to ABB. The order was booked during the fourth quarter of 2007.

The new plant will include compressor facilities near an existing central processing plant. It will increase production needed to feed Pakistan's two main gas pipelines, and will provide a continuous gas flow of 375 million cubic feet per day. In addition to project management, engineering, and related services, ABB will provide automation and electrification systems for the new plant.

ABB's organization in Milan will manage the project engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning. The project delivery includes four 7.5 megawatt (MW) turbo compressors, air cooled heat exchangers, inlet scrubbers, slug catcher, and utilities systems.

"ABB has the oil and gas industry expertise, capabilities, and local resources to successfully manage, supply and execute these large projects for our customers," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's Process Automation division "This major order is one of several key compressor station projects recently awarded to ABB Group, and underscores our ability to deliver the most comprehensive scope of supply and services needed to flawlessly execute these large projects."

ABB's scope of supply for the new facilities includes an integrated control system based on System 800xA with process control, emergency shut down, and fire and gas systems. ABB will also provide low-voltage switchgear, motor control centers, and distribution (MV/LV) transformers.

The project is scheduled for completion in early 2010.

OMV Pakistan Exploration is part of the Austrian OMV Group, the largest oil and gas producer in Central Europe. OMV E&P has been active in Pakistan since 1991, and is the largest international gas operator in the country.

ABB's Process Automation division delivers integrated solutions for control, plant optimization, and industry-specific application knowledge and services to help process industry customers worldwide meet their critical business needs in the areas of operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management and global responsibility. These industries include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals, minerals, marine and turbocharging.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs more than 110,000 people.

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