ABB, Zurich, has won a $151 million order from the energy company Eni Congo SA to engineer, build and commission a natural gas compression station and treatment plant in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville).

The plant will be located at the onshore M’Boundi oil field near the Atlantic coast, and will provide compressed natural gas to power the turbines at two nearby power plants in Djeno. These plants currently supply most of the country’s electricity.

The project is part of Congo’s “zero flaring” program, set up to reduce emissions from the burning of excess fuel and to use locally extracted energy more efficiently. Natural gas that was previously flared off and wasted at existing oil processing operations will instead be used to increase Congo's power-generating capacity, and provide the country with a reliable source of electricity. Excess gas will be re-injected into the reservoir.