ABB has secured a $58m order from QGC, a BG Group business, to provide integrated automation, safety and telecommunications systems and related equipment for a new upstream coal seam gas project in Queensland, Australia.

The company has been appointed as the main automation contractor for the project.

ABB completed the initial front-end engineering and design study for the project in early 2011.

The scope of supply includes extended automation system 800xA for process control and integration with other plant and remote pipeline systems, as well as integrated safety, compressor protection, emergency shutdown, fire and gas applications and other related automation equipment and services.

It also includes telecommunication systems infrastructure and equipment, as well as installation, commissioning support and related project services.

The project will be commissioned in several phases, with first deliveries scheduled in 2011 through to project completion in 2014.

ABB said that the systems will optimize the efficiency of the upstream gas gathering and compression facilities, and provide communications and remote operation for the 540km buried pipeline network that will transport gas to a liquefied natural gas processing facility at Gladstone.

The plant will initially produce 8.5 million metric tons of LNG a year.