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Remote control of a North Sea platform

13 December 2016

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) is to provide advanced automation and safety solutions to enable remote onshore operation for an offshore platform in the North Sea, reducing overall production costs and improving safety.

When drilling operations are completed, Statoil’s Valemon platform, located on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, will become a periodically-manned installation and Statoil’s first platform to be operated from shore. Control operations will be located in Bergen, 160km from the platform itself. This will improve the overall safety of operations while boosting efficiency by centralising the controls.

“This project is a great example of how Honeywell is able to use its technology and experience to help Statoil remotely control operations at an important gas production facility,” said Pieter Krynauw, vice president and general manager of the Projects and Automation Solutions business within Honeywell Process Solutions. “As companies move oil platforms farther offshore and into other remote, challenging locations to find oil and gas, managing those operations efficiently while reducing risk to workers will become increasingly important.”

Honeywell will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) automation contractor for the project. The company will provide a range of control and safety technologies for the project, including new operator stations and critical alarm panels at the onshore operations center that will communicate with the systems on the platform. 

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