Emerson completes commissioning phase on FPSO for BP Angola

Emerson Process Management has completed the commissioning phase of a project with BP Angola for the automation of an FPSO.

Offshore staff

LUANDA, Angola -- Emerson Process Management has completed the commissioning phase of a project with BP Angola for the automation of an FPSO. The vessel, which will develop the Greater Plutonio deepwater oil fields off Angola, left the Hyundai shipyard in Ulsan, Korea in Nov. 2006.

Emerson won the initial order for this project in 2003. Work started immediately on the long-lead activities, which included front-end engineering design. Work included interface management planning, general project execution planning, and defining engineering standards to be adopted.

A second order followed in April 2004 for the integrated control and safety system (ICSS) for the topsides. Emerson provided project management and engineering services to design, implement, test, and deliver the ICSS. The order also provided for commissioning support on the vessel in Korea for the duration of 2006, commissioning and start-up support on the vessel in Angola, and long-term support services of the ICSS to 2016.

Hyundai awarded Emerson a contract in May 2004 for the provision of a marine automation control system (MACS) for the hull. The work scope was similar to that required for the topsides.

Further orders followed. Additional systems supplied by Emerson includes a process information management system (MACS) functionality and an operator training system (OTS) that provides full simulation of the ICSS.

A key service provided by Emerson was the synchronization and management of the consistency between the topsides and hull systems, the company says. In the early stages of the topsides commissioning, the topsides and hull systems were merged into a single integrated control and safety system for the entire vessel.

During commissioning, Emerson provided hardware and software troubleshooting, some of which was conducted quayside in an innovative move that saved several months' additional commissioning time, the company says.

8/2/2007

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