ABB microgrid technology to power offshore gas platform

ABB’s Ability enabled microgrid is to support Woodside’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and help optimise costs in Australia.

ABB will provide Woodside, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company, with a PowerStoreà¢â€ž¢ Battery storage system that is capable of remote management of operations and service.
ABB PowerStore Battery
Oilfield Technology reports that the system will be installed on the Goodwyn A platform, reducing carbon emissions and helping to lower cost of operations and maintenance.

The Goodwyn A offshore production platform is located about 135 km northwest of Karratha in Western Australia and has been operating since 1995.

ABB’s containerized, plug-and-play ABB Ability PowerStore battery storage system will support Goodwyn A’s existing gas turbine generators. The battery will replace one of the six existing gas turbine generators and will also reduce the need for using the emergency diesel generator.

Short term backup will be provided via the new battery energy storage system incorporated within the microgrid, to provide a ‘spinning reserve’. A dedicated ABB Ability Microgrid Plus control system will act as the brain of the solution and it will also be possible to remotely operate the microgrid if the need arises or the platform has to be de-manned for any reason.

Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s Grid Automation business within the company’s Power Grids division said, “Microgrids and energy storage are key focus areas of our Next Level strategy and this innovative solution reinforces ABB’s position as a partner of choice in enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

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