Integrated control and safety systems solution for Cygnus offshore development project

30 January 2013

Yokogawa Europe Solutions B.V. has been awarded a contract by GDF SUEZ E&P UK to supply the integrated control and safety systems (ICSS) for its new Cygnus development project.

Yokogawa will supply the complete ICSS comprising of the following systems: process control, process shutdown, emergency shutdown, fire and gas detection (complete with associated field devices), process data historian, and field device asset management.

The ICSS will feature a CENTUM VP process automation system, ProSafe-RS safety system, Exaquantum production management solution, and PRM asset management package.

The company will also be supplying an operator training system (OTS) utilising the OmegaLand advanced operator simulation environment.

The ICSS will be distributed across the complex, which currently consists of a total of four greenfield offshore platforms. Three platforms are bridge linked and a second remote drilling centre is located on the fourth platform. The planned export route is through the ETS pipeline system to the Perenco Bacton Gas Terminal in North Norfolk.

The ICSS will provide fully integrated, seamless control and safety functions for the platforms along with a single interface allowing operators to start, control, and monitor all facilities from a central control room.

Asset management is an important issue today, and PRM is said to enable maintenance costs to be minimised and enable proactive instrument maintenance management. The OTS will be used not only for operator training but also as an engineering tool to confirm changes in control strategy.

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