Remote control and safety monitoring for offshore platform

17 January 2012

Statoil has announced that it is to deploy Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and Honeywell Distributed System Architecture (DSA) at its Valemon platform in the North Sea, where production is due to start in 2014.

Photo courtesy of Statoil
Photo courtesy of Statoil

The DSA will enable integration of the Experion solution with Statoil’s existing Kvitebjørn platform, enabling remote command of the facility, giving the company the ability to aiming to reduce its overall costs and lower the risks associated with resource recovery.

The Valemon field is located 160km west of the Norwegian coast and is one of Statoil’s largest development projects. The site contains recoverable reserves of 26 billion cubic metres of gas and five million cubic metres of condensate.

Honeywell’s Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS) allows work to be continuously controlled and the safety of subsea and topside operations monitored without the need for personnel on site. The entire operation can be operated remotely from the Kvitebjørn platform. The technology being employed also reduces the investment needed to achieve the goal of an unmanned platform as minor additional equipment and minimum engineering is required. The DSA will minimise production costs and increase safety for Statoil personnel, as well as reduce the risk of otherwise duplicated ICSS databases becoming inconsistent over time.

Specifier of the solution, Guantak Park, purchasing manager, Samsung Heavy Industries, which is acting as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project, said: “We selected Honeywell because of the ability of its Process Knowledge System to seamlessly integrate with existing technology. The robustness and functionality of Experion PKS gives us the ability to source solutions to maximise productivity safely and at low cost, and will positively impact our competitive position.”

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