ABB’s off-shore microgrid

ABB is providing a PowerStore Battery storage system for Woodside’s Goodwyn A platform located in the sea 135 km northwest of Karratha in Western Australia.

Pictured above is the model version of the containerised, plug-and-play PowerStore Battery storage system that will replace one of the six existing gas turbine generators and reduce the need for 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 spinning reserve.

A dedicated ABB AbilityTM Microgrid Plus control system is the ‘brains’ of the solution and will also be remotely operated should the need arise or the platform has to be de-manned.

Along with trimming operations and maintenance costs the system will contribute to the carbon emission of Woodside, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company hence fossil fuel generator.

“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.”

Operating since 1995, Goodwyn A’s 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 by a network of pipelines to Goodwyn A and then sent on-shore to the Karratha Gas Plant for processing.

The platform 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 boasts 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’s microgrid technology can be seen in more than 40 global installations across a diverse range of applications serving remote communities, islands, utilities and industrial campuses. More than a third (15) of the solutions are in Australia.