ABB to pioneer microgrid solution for installation on offshore platform

2017-12-12 - ABB AbilityTM enabled microgrid to support Woodside’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and optimise costs
ABB will provide Woodside, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company, with a PowerStore Battery storage system that is capable of remote management of operations and service. The system will be installed on the Goodwyn A platform. This innovative ABB solution will contribute to Woodside’s 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions and will also help lower their 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. The 55,000 tonne production facility is more than 290 metres tall and stands in a water depth of 131 metres. The platform combines production, re-injection, utilities and accommodation facilities. Dry gas and condensate from surrounding reservoirs is transported via a network of pipelines to Goodwyn A and then sent on-shore to the Karratha Gas Plant for processing. Goodwyn A is designed for up to 30 production wells, including five re-injection wells, and has a daily production capacity of up to 36,000 tonnes of gas and 11,000 tonnes of condensate.

ABB’s containerized, plug-and-play 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 a new ABB Ability PowerStoreTM battery energy storage system incorporated within the microgrid, to provide a ‘spinning reserve’. A dedicated ABB AbilityTM 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.

The 3D model of the ABB Ability PowerStoreTM battery energy storage system on display at the contract signing ceremony L-R: Steve Shearing, ABB State Manager for Power Grids (WA), Tauno Heinola, ABB Australia Pty Ltd, Managing Director, Mike Utsler, Woodside Chief Operations Officer and Shaun Gregory, Woodside Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

"We are pleased to partner with Woodside on pioneering a PowerStore Battery energy solution for offshore oil and gas, which will decrease the users environmental impact and help optimize costs' said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s Grid Automation business within the company’s Power Grids division. '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."

'ABB has a proud history of the dependable supply of technology to Woodside, said Tauno Heinola, Managing Director of ABB Australia. "Our association began in 1983, and we are excited that our global center of excellence for Microgrids based in Darwin is contributing towards Woodside’s emission reduction targets with this innovative technology."

ABB is a pioneer in microgrid technology with over 40 such global installations, across a diverse range of applications serving remote communities, islands, utilities and industrial campuses. 15 of these solutions are in Australia.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees.

Woodside (WPL: ASX) is Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company with a global portfolio, recognized for its world-class capabilities as an explorer, developer, producer and supplier of energy. Woodside’s assets are renowned for their safety, reliability and efficiency, and Woodside is Australia’s most experienced LNG operator.

Once installed on Woodside's Goodwyn A Platform it will be the first time in the world that a microgrid solution will provide spinning reserve from a battery energy storage system for an offshore platform. Image courtesy of Woodside