ABB completes new testing facilities in Italy
Abu Dhabi, February 10, 2011
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has announced the completion of its new, world-class electromechanical equipment test facilities in Milan, Italy.
These facilities will be used to test the load capacity and reliability of large motors and medium voltage drives used in a range of oil and gas applications, from offshore platforms to remote production sites.
ABB worked in close cooperation with CESI -Italian Electro-technical Experimental Center - to develop the test facilities, which will help ABB meet the increasing demand from OEMs and end-users that are unable to perform acceptance testing at their own sites because of geographic or environmental constraints.
The new facilities enable ABB to deliver certified equipment that meets the stringent requirements of the oil and gas industry, where full load testing of electrical equipment is required.
With a total surface of 1,900 square meters, the facilities include a new inertial test bed designed for back-to-back testing of electrical machines up to 70 tons each, up to two poles, with a maximum rated power of 70 megavoltampere (MVA) at 33 kilovolt (kV). Two test sessions, consisting of a back-to-back configuration of two 13.58 megawatt variable speed drive systems and a second test involving two 18.2 Megawatt systems were completed.
The use of Adjustable Speed Drive System (ASDS) driven compressors and pumps instead of gas turbines is increasing in the oil and gas applications, especially for transportation, gas liquefaction and injection. These systems assure higher flexibility, higher efficiency, reduced maintenance cost and a lower environmental impact.
“These new test facilities are a major success, underscoring ABB’s commitment to provide world class expertise, services and technology to the oil and gas industry,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division.
“Our capacity to combine ABB products with our deep application knowledge will help our customers establish the reliable power and process infrastructure they need to achieve new production targets.”
ABB is currently partnered with CESI in several certification areas involving medium and high voltage products. CESI is also a reputable certification body for dynamic vibration and products according to the ATEX standard.-TradeArabia News Service