ZURICH, Switzerland – Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd. has opened a support facility to test software prior to use offshore. The Nexen Integrated Control and Safety System Development Suite is a full-scale replica of Nexen’s offshore control network for its Buzzard field.
Housed at the Aberdeen, UK, ABB office, the facility allowsABB to perform configuration management and comprehensive testing of all software changes prior to installation on site.
The Development Suite contains a representation of all offshore controllers for Process Control System as well as Safety Instrumented System controllers for Fire and Gas System/Process Shut Down. A suite of servers replicate the offshore 800xA aspect and connectivity network.
The suite houses ABB’s Extended Operator Workstation – its large interactive visual display that simplifies engineering and troubleshooting tasks. Over time this will be used to develop the Level 0 graphical displays to be used in future control room improvements to further enhance Buzzard uptime.