Emerson to provide training system for BP’s Quad 204 North Sea FPSO
BP has awarded Emerson Process Management a $7 million contract to provide its DeltaV Operator Training Solution to BP’s Quad 204 North Sea FPSO replacement project.
HOUSTON – BP has awarded Emerson Process Management a $7 million contract to provide its DeltaV Operator Training Solution (OTS) to BP’s Quad 204 North Sea FPSO replacement project. OTS training aims to help BP personnel achieve safe, efficient operations and take full advantage of the integrated control and safety system (ICSS) that Emerson is providing under a separate contract.
Emerson will install a fully operational training replica of the Quad 204 Project in Aberdeen, BP’s regional production center, and will later relocate it to the BP Upstream Learning Centre at Sunbury, UK. The OTS will include a virtualized DeltaV digital automation system for process control and DeltaV SIS for process and emergency shutdown plus fire and gas detection. Modeling of the topsides subsea process will be provided by KBR and integrated into the virtual ICSS using Standard Entities for the Engineering of Dynamic Simulators (SEEDS).
“Operator training is an important part of any large project, especially offshore installations where onsite training is difficult to schedule and could delay the start of production,” said Larry Irving, vice president of oil and gas at Emerson Process Management. “The dynamic simulation provided by Emerson’s OTS makes training more realistic – ultimately helping BP to achieve safer and more efficient operation of the Quad 204 facilities.”
The North Sea Quad 204 project will access the remaining hydrocarbon reservoirs in the Schiehallion and Loyal fields, which are located 175 km (67 mi) west of Shetland, UK. As part of this project, Emerson Process Management has been awarded a $21 million contract to provide integrated control and safety systems for the new BP FPSO. The new vessel, which will replace the existing Schiehallion FPSO, will be 270 m (886 ft) long by 52 m (171 ft) wide, and will be able to process and export up to 130,000 b/d, and store in excess of 1 MMbbl. Investment in this new facility will enable production to be extended out to 2035 and possibly beyond.