THE Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) Group has received an order from OMV Gas, a subsidiary of OMV, Vienna, to supply and install electrical equipment for expansion of the West Austria gas pipeline. The order is valued at around $7.75 million, and completion of the project is scheduled for October. OMV Gas operates the 2000-km long gas pipeline network in Austria, which has a transportation capacity of 44.5bn cum/yr at present, and is to be increased to 58.5bn cum/yr by 2011.
This will require expansion of the West Austria gas pipeline (WAG), which runs between the Slovakian border – starting in Baumgarten, near Vienna – and the German border near Oberkappel. Within the framework of the WAG +600 project, existing compressor stations will be expanded, new ones will be erected and new pipeline sections will be built parallel to the existing pipeline.
Siemens will supply the electrical equipment and field instrumentation for the Rainbach, Kirchberg and Baumgarten compressor stations, for the Kirchberg-Lichtenau and March-Baumgarten loops, and for the valve and pig stations along the pipeline. The equipment consists of low-voltage switchgear installations, converters, transformers, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, emergency-power diesel and battery equipment, as well as fire and gas alarm and cathodic protection equipment.