WAITSFIELD, VT, December 3, 2002 – Northern Power Systems Tuesday announced that it has been selected to provide 37 integrated power systems for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline project.
The multi-million dollar contract was awarded by BP and will be novated over to the newly formed BTC Pipeline Company. The shareholders in the BTC Pipeline Company are BP (Operator), the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), Unocal, Statoil, TPAO, TotalFinaElf, ENI, Itochu, Inpex, ConocoPhilips and Delta Hess. Bechtel London and John Brown Hydrocarbons were also involved in selecting Northern for this project. The contract will be administered out of Bechtel’s offices in London.
Northern will supply its TeleCycle TM and GridTieTM power systems for the Azerbaijan-Georgia portion of the BTC pipeline. Its GridTie systems will ensure uninterrupted power is always available for critical load applications, even when the commercial utility grid fails; its TeleCycle systems are an off-grid system where the load is running off the battery bank.
The portion of the pipeline for which Northern will supply power stretches 690 kilometers from Baku in Azerbaijan through the former Soviet Republic of Georgia down to the Turkish border. The company is responsible for the design, fabrication and testing of these systems. Northern anticipates the entire project will take approximately one year for all systems to be shipped.
“With this project, Northern is now providing power systems for three of the largest new crude oil pipelines in the world,” said Mike Brennan, Vice President for Northern’s Industrial Infrastructure Group. “Our proven track record of building and implementing power systems that have the ability to perform on projects of this scope with unmatched reliability was a key factor in this contract win.”
Northern will supply 20 single-diesel genset powered GridTie systems. These systems will provide uninterruptible power for critical loads such as SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), fiber optic telecommunication, cathodic protection and main line block valve actuation. Northern will also provide 17 dual-genset TeleCycle systems — for deployment along portions of the pipeline that do not have access to utility grid power.
Whenever the TeleCycle’s battery requires recharging, one of the two gensets is commanded on and charges the battery back up to a high state of charge. Both system architectures will support continuous loads of 1,500 watts at 230 VAC. Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) batteries will be used as the energy storage medium. State-of-the-art, PLC-based Northern system controllers will provide complete electrical as well as environmental system control.
About Northern Power Systems
Northern Power Systems designs, builds, and installs highly reliable, state-of-the-art power solutions for industrial, commercial, government, and not-for-profit customers using a full range of thoroughly tested technologies including wind, photovoltaic, natural gas and hybrid fossil/renewable power systems. For more than 25 years, Northern has provided turnkey services to fulfill the needs of diverse customers. The company has installed over 700 systems on all seven continents, earning a worldwide reputation for delivering high quality, technically superior power solutions. Northern Power’s systems are time-tested and reliable-from the harshest and most remote locations on earth to densely populated urban sites. Additional information can be obtained at the company’s Web site: www.northernpower.com.