ABB Wins Main Automation Contract For Gas Storage Site In UK

June 2011 Vol. 238 No. 6

ABB won a Main Automation and Instrumentation contract for a new natural gas storage facility in Cheshire, United Kingdom.

The facility is designed to hold more than 400 MMcm of gas and will be controlled by ABB System 800xA along with ABB Instrumentation. The Stublach facility is being built for Storengy (a GDF Suez company) in Cheshire and will store gas in salt caverns deep underground.  

The processing plant consists of gas compressors which move the gas between the caverns and the UK’s National Grid Transmission System (NTS). Additionally, an on-site drying plant removes water from the gas before it is returned to the NTS. The site is expected to be in operation in excess of 25 years. Jacobs Engineering is responsible for engineering, procurement and construction of the plant.  

The ABB system will control the import of gas into the caverns for storage and export of Gas into the National grid; this includes the complex control required to handle these transfers in both free flow and compression modes.