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ABB Main Instrumentation and Automation Contractor (MIAC) for gas storage facility

06 January 2012

A gas storage facility in Cheshire, UK, designed to hold over 400 million cubic metres of gas, 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.

ABB Main Instrumentation and Automation Contractor (MIAC) for gas storage facility
ABB Main Instrumentation and Automation Contractor (MIAC) for gas storage facility

A gas storage facility in Cheshire, UK, designed to hold over 400 million cubic metres of gas, 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 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.
ABB acting as the Main Instrumentation and Automation Contractor (MIAC) will provide engineering design services for the Automation, Safety Instrumented System (SIS) along with the supply of an 800xA Integrated Process Control system and 800xA based SIS, ABB and third party instrumentation to Jacobs Engineering who are 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. 
Plant safety is critical and the TUV certified AC 800M HI controllers along with the field devices are used as the Safety Instrumented System to control the processing plant, associated pipelines and the well heads, which are situated up to 2 km from the processing plant.  This will be engineered by the ABB TUV certified ABB engineers based in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire.


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