ABB's Compact Pod Makes Mark In $42M Deal

ABB has struck a landmark deal to supply its new compact podded propulsion system on a semi-submersible drilling rig. Santa Fe International Corp. has awarded a $42 million contract to ABB in Norway for the supply of electric propulsion systems and power plants to two new semi-submersible drilling rigs. In addition, the contract includes an option for a further two rigs. The two new deepwater rigs, of Friede & Goldman ExD design, will be built by PPL Shipyard PTE Ltd. of Singapore with delivery of the first rig scheduled for late 2003. ABB's delivery to each rig includes a complete package solution consisting of generators, high and low voltage switchboards, drilling and propulsion drives and eight Compact Azipod podded propulsion units with a total output of 25.6 MW. In total, ABB has delivered electrotechnical solutions to more than 50 drilling vessels worldwide. The Compact Azipod - available in a power range from 400 kW to 5 MW - utilizes permanent magnet motor technology with direct cooling to the surrounding seawater. Accurate speed and torque control are provided by a frequency converter and the system allows for full thrust in all directions. The Compact Azipod unit is underwater dismountable, and combined with standardized ABB technology, this ensures simplified and cost-effective maintenance and operation.

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