Automation technologies and services for BP FPSO

25 September 2012

Emerson is to provide its PlantWeb digital plant architecture, including DeltaV, digital automation systems, for BPs new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility.

The company is to provide integrated control and safety systems for the new vessel, which will replace the existing Schiehallion FPSO, which forms part of the North Sea Quad 204 project that will access the remaining hydrocarbon reservoirs in the Schiehallion and Loyal fields, located approximately 130km west of Shetland, UK.

In addition to serving as the main automation contractor for the Quad 204 FPSO, Emerson Process Management is also BP’s preferred supplier of integrated control and safety systems for five offshore fields in the UK continental shelf, including the new Clair Ridge platforms.

The new 270m Quad 204 FPSO is designed to produce 130,000 barrels of oil a day and 2.2 million cubic metres per day of gas. This increased processing and storage capacity will enable optimum reservoir recovery, extend field life and also allow for any future expansion.

The integrated Emerson solution will use Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture, including its DeltaV digital automation system and DeltaV SIS process safety system, and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software. The DeltaV system will control and monitor platform operations using FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART communication technologies. The DeltaV SIS system will perform process and emergency shutdown functions, if required, as well as control fire and gas detection systems to enable secure control of oil production on the platform.

AMS Suite predictive maintenance software will be used for commissioning, configuration and to monitor field device diagnostics. A real-time performance management system, delivering information to executive level decision makers will be supplied by Emerson’s METCO Services. Emerson’s operator simulation-based training programme will also be used to train operators before start-up.

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