Engineering and construction services company Kvaerner has awarded a contract to ABB for technology to improve efficiency and maximize uptime at the Nyhamna gas processing facility in Norway.

ABB will supply a customized static var compensator (SVC) for the plant, which is currently undergoing a major expansion.

According to ABB, the SVC will compensate for fluctuations in the voltage and current of the grid that delivers power to the plant, allowing more electricity to flow through the network while improving power quality and maintaining network safety and stability.

It will also facilitate certain essential operations, such as switching from a dual to a single in-feed, while handling increased load.

“ABB has core expertise and an extensive track record in industrial plant electrification. The tailor-made SVC will decrease reactive power consumption and stabilize voltage for gas compressors at the new Nyhamna facility,” explained Peter Terwiesch, president of ABB Process Automation.

Nyhamna is operated by A/S Norske Shell. ABB has previously supplied the plant with its 800xA safety and automation system, designed to ensure efficient processes as well as electrification solutions that distribute power safely and reliably throughout the production areas.

The Swiss-based company also maintains the safety and automation systems at Nyhamna under a Service Environment agreement signed in 2007.

ABB has also previously delivered electric drive systems to ensure the gas compressors at Nyhamna run at the optimum speed, reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.