ABB to power Cabaça compression/injection offshore Angola

Offshore staff

ZURICH, SwitzerlandBumi Armada Berhad has commissioned ABB to supply electrification and automation systems for an FPSO on an Eni-operated oil field development offshore Angola.

The former Armada Ali supertanker is undergoing conversion to the 1.8-MMbbl storage capacity FPSO Armada Olombendo, to be chartered by Eni.

It will be serve the Cabaça North and Cabaça Southeast fields, with estimated reserves of 230 MMbbl. The location is 350 km (217 mi) northeast of Luanda, and should be producing up to 80,000 b/d by the end of 2016.

The FPSO will control the entire extraction process, storing production for offloading to shuttle tankers.

ABB will deliver e-house solutions, containing medium voltage and low voltage switchgear, and equipment for integrated electrical distribution, control, safety and power management, including the 800xA distributed control system.

The systems will distribute and manage power for injecting 120,000 b/d of water into the reservoir and compressing up to 120,000 MMcf/d of natural gas.

This is the fourth collaboration between ABB and Bumi Armada. Previous projects include a modular e-house package for FPSOs operating off India’s west coast, EnQuest’s Kraken heavy-oil field in the UK northern North Sea, and an automation package for the Balnaves field FPSO offshore Western Australia.

Eni is the concessionaire of the Cabaça fields, which were discovered in 2009. The total value of Bumi Armada Berhad’s contract to supply, operate, and maintain the FPSO is about $2.9 billion.


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