Alcad wins multi-million euro backup battery contract


Alcad wins multi-million euro backup battery system contract for ZADCO’s project to boost output from the world’s second largest offshore oilfield

September 2015

Alcad is delivering battery systems comprising over 15,000 of its Vantex nickel-based cells, to provide up to 72 hours of backup power for critical control and safety systems and accommodation units on the new facility. The Alcad battery systems will include 110 V, 220 V and 400 V installations with capacities up to 1,700 Ah to provide from 1 hour up to 72 hours of autonomous backup power for processing equipment, electrical utilities and accommodation on the artificial islands.

Alcad’s new generation, ultra-low maintenance, Vantex batteries were specified to achieve the total reliability and optimized Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) essential for equipment deployed in remote locations. Compared to lead-acid batteries, the Vantex nickel-based battery chemistry offers an exceptionally long and predictable service life of up to 20 years, even in the demanding environment experienced in oil and gas operations, with no risk of ‘sudden-death’ failure.

Under normal operation, the Vantex cells are completely maintenance-free, with no requirement for routine topping-up with water. The cells are also easy to handle and install while their capability for fast charging further reduces potential downtime. “We are delighted to be involved in this prestigious ZADCO UZ750 project that provides the largest single contract in Alcad’s history as well as further extending our well established relationship with ADNOC,” says Peter Eriksson, Managing Director Alcad. “Winning this contract is further proof that our oil and gas industry customers value the proven capability of our nickel-based batteries to deliver unrivalled performance and reliability in even the most challenging conditions.”

Alcad is scheduled to commence delivery of the first battery systems for the UZ750 project in the third quarter of 2015.