ABB's Dynamic South American Endeavo

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ABB, in its fourteenth collaboration with MODEC, secures a contract from Offshore Frontier Solution for ExxonMobil's FPSO vessel in the Uaru oil field off Guyana. The FPSO, named Errea Wittu, aims to combine Snoek, Mako, and Uaru resources. ABB's delivery includes topside and hull electrical systems, a power management system, and digital solutions for energy efficiency. The contract marks their ongoing partnership in FPSO developments across South America.


In a significant advancement, ABB collaborates with MODEC for the fourteenth time to provide comprehensive electrical and digital solutions for ExxonMobil's upcoming floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in Guyana's Uaru oil field. The FPSO, named Errea Wittu, is part of ExxonMobil's Stabroek block development, combining Snoek, Mako, and Uaru resources. The vessel, expected to be operational by 2026, will boast a production capacity of 250,000 barrels of oil per day and a gas treatment capacity of 540 million standard cubic feet per day.

ABB's role encompasses the delivery of topside and hull electrical systems through a pre-built ABB eHouse modular substation. This approach reduces risk exposure and costs by commissioning, installing, and testing all electrical systems at the shipyard before deployment. Additionally, ABB will supply power management solutions to optimize energy efficiency and asset availability of the electrical equipment provided.

The collaboration between ABB and MODEC signifies the exponential growth of the FPSO market in South America. The FPSO sector's cost-efficiency, speed, mobility, and sustainability have contributed to its rapid expansion, with Guyana emerging as a key player. The country's strategic position is evident as it stands second only to Brazil in new FPSO projects and is expected to become the fourth-largest offshore oil producer globally by 2035.

Brandon Spencer, President of ABB Energy Industries, emphasized the significance of floating platforms in the FPSO market's growth, particularly in Guyana. He expressed excitement about ABB contributing technology to expedite ExxonMobil's fifth development in Guyana, highlighting the positive impact on the country's GDP, leading to investments in healthcare, education, and critical infrastructure.

ABB's commitment to sustainability is evident in its Energy Transition Equation report, showcasing how electrification, automation, and digital technologies can reduce carbon emissions in FPSO operations. The company's contribution to the FPSO sector aligns with its broader goal of fostering a more sustainable and resource-efficient future.


In conclusion, ABB's collaboration with MODEC for ExxonMobil's FPSO vessel in Guyana marks a significant stride in South America's FPSO market. The Errea Wittu FPSO, set to be operational by 2026, symbolizes Guyana's growing importance in offshore oil production. ABB's delivery of cutting-edge electrical systems and digital solutions aligns with the country's commitment to sustainability and efficiency. This partnership not only contributes to the FPSO sector's expansion but also reflects ABB's dedication to advancing technology for a more sustainable future.

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