SHEFFIELD, UK – Synectics has designed and delivered an end-to-end surveillance solution for Clair Ridge – the £4.5 billion ($7.7 billion) second-phase development project in the North Sea’s Clair field.
The Clair Ridge development, 75 km (46 mi) west of the UK’s Shetland Islands, is due for full platform topside installation in 2015, will consist of two bridge-linked platforms – a drilling and production platform, and a second for quarters and utilities.
Production is scheduled to begin in 2015 and continue for 40 years. It is estimated that the development will produce 120,000 boe/d and will provide a hub for area expansion. It will be the first time that BP’s new LoSal EOR desalination technology will be used. This is expected to result in more than 40 million additional barrels being cost-effectively recovered over the lifetime of the field.
Working in partnership with IT and telecommunications companyPage Europa, Synectics’ IP-based system – utilizing Synergy integrated security management software – will provide complete surveillance across both platforms for safety and security processes.
COEX C3000 PTZ hazardous area and safe area dome camera stations will be positioned throughout the development, all of which will be centrally controllable, allowing live, color footage to be viewed, played back, and analyzed without any disruption to recording. H.264 encoding technology will also enable high-quality footage to be transmitted and stored with minimal bandwidth requirements.
Synectics’ Amedeo Simonetto comments, “As well as providing detailed coverage for both hazardous and non-hazardous platform areas, the system we’ve supplied is centrally controllable and will integrate effectively with multiple third-party systems, including the Driller’s CCTV system. Additionally, we factored in remote viewing capabilities, to enable head office monitoring of the platform, and also future capacity. With plans to utilize Clair Ridge as a hub for further expansion and development of the field, the system we’ve developed is ‘future proof’ as it is flexible enough to cope with additional demands.”