UK: Offshore Technology Emerson Completes Offshore Automation Project for BP
Emerson has completed its $ 90 million automation project for BP’s Glen Lyon floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel west of Shetland.
St. Louis/USA — The engineering company is now providing ongoing operational support services to help the oil company achieve its goal of producing 200,000 barrels a day from the North Sea by 2020. Emerson has served as the main automation contractor (MAC) for the Glen Lyon, which is expected to produce 130,000 barrels of oil a day at plateau.
Its construction and commissioning were central to BP’s multi-billion-dollar Quad 204 project, which involved the redevelopment of the Schiehallion and Loyal fields to target 450 million barrels of oil and allow production from the hub to be extended to at least 2035. As part of an additional five-year contract, Emerson will provide ongoing operational support services, remote monitoring and predictive maintenance technologies for the Glen Lyon and BP’s other North Sea mega project Clair Ridge, which is due to come on stream this year.
Mike Train, Emerson Automation Solutions executive president, said that following first oil from the Glen Lyon, their focus now turned to helping their client achieve operational certainty, with maximum asset reliability and uptime, reduced risk of safety incidents and optimised production.
BP uses Emerson’s automation technologies including the Delta-V and Delta-V SIS integrated control and safety systems as well as a high-fidelity dynamic simulator to train its operators and engineers in real-world scenarios before system changes go live.
In addition, the client has selected Emerson to manage its fiscal metering systems on all North Sea assets, which is essential for fiscal accounting, custody transfer and taxation purposes. The company's metering consultants, engineers and specialist metering experts will validate and report measurement data, sampling, analytical and test equipment, as well as plan and carry out offshore metering maintenance and verification activities. In addition, the engineering company will provide auditing services for BP’s North Sea pipeline operations.