ABB has shipped the first batch of nine electrical houses (E-Houses) to enable reliable power supply to offshore oil field in the UAE

ABB is providing a 4,000 sqm or 98 meters of E-Houses, for the Satah al-Razboot (SARB) offshore oil field, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to ensure reliable power to the remote location. The $80 million order – ABB’s largest E-House project to date – was awarded by Hyundai Engineering & Construction, in South Korea, a major engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPC) contractor for the project.

A modular E-House is a prefabricated, walk-in outdoor enclosure comprising low- and medium-voltage switchgear, as well as auxiliary equipment. This solution – effectively a substation – reduces on-site installation and maintenance work, a particular benefit in remote areas.

“The transportability of ABB’s modular E-Houses makes them easy and cost-effective to install and relocate. E-Houses are innovative solutions that will help reliability of power supplies to facilities. ABB’s new creation of the Electrification Products (EP) division allows for better meting its customer’s demands.

The nine modularized E-Houses provide total space of 4000 sqm for electrical equipment with the main substation being 98m long and only split into two units for shipment. The modular E-House units are equipped with low- and medium-voltage switchgear, as well as motor control centers, variable-frequency drives and an Electrical Control Monitoring System (ECMS).

The SARB offshore oil field is being developed by Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), a major producer of oil and gas from the emirate’s offshore areas. Work on the field involves the construction of two artificial islands to facilitate drilling works for the extraction of crude oil.


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