UPS on offshore oil platform

October 18th, 2013, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

In 2012, ABB, together with their business partners ADC Power Concept SdnBhd, completed an order with Petronas, Malaysia, for delivery of uninterruptible power supplies to an offshore oil platform. The delivery project was completed in October 2012. Assurance of power supply is important in many industrial settings, but, on an offshore oil platform, it is absolutely crucial. For this reason, the client, Petronas, sought an alternative to the less reliable traditional, industrial-grade, floor-standing UPS systems. The new UPS should be field-proven, highly customisable and reliable. It should also eliminate switchover downtime. Because the offshore environment can be very harsh and remote, the UPS also had to be rugged, with high availability and reliability, and repair and maintenance should be simply accomplished by non-experts. For these reasons, and after extensive product comparisons, the client chose one set of ABB 4 x 40 kVA DPA modular hot-swappable UPSs and two sets of ABB 3 x 30 kVA DPA modular hot-swappable UPSs. The delivery included an external input transformer, an external battery charger, an IP 31 protected rating cabinet and the capability of charging a NICD battery set, to provide a long back-up time.

Contact Nicoline Venter, ABB, Tel 010 202-5990,

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