Servelec Controls has been awarded a contract by Centrica to provide a remote operations solution for their normally unmanned offshore gas platform. The project will extend the life and commercial viability of the ageing assets.
The project involves removing redundant plant and replacing obsolete equipment with new Servelec-designed systems. As a result, Centrica will maximise the value of their asset through a more cost-effective and efficient maintenance programme, and reduced downtime. In addition to the clear commercial incentive, the project will decrease risk to personnel and improve safety by slashing intervention time.
The solution, designed by Servelec, from existing and new technology includes a distributed control system (DCS), emergency shutdown (ESD) system, fire and gas detection and smoke detection system. Once complete, each component will be monitored and controlled from an onshore operations centre.
The solution provided by Servelec is aligned with the UK Oil & Gas Authority’s Maximising Economic Recovery strategy. The policy states decommissioning should be considered only as a last resort and encourages operators to focus on sustainable value adding initiatives. The scope of each remote operations project differs from platform to platform, however a return on investment is expected within just 24 months.
Following the contract award, Andrew Mills, Managing Director of Servelec Controls, said: “Servelec Controls appreciates the problems faced by our industry, and we are determined to help our customers resolve them. We are delighted that Centrica has chosen Servelec to design, install and support remote operations and safety systems on their DP6 platform, in what is a challenging economic climate for operators.”
“Offshore oil and gas operators are critically focused on operational efficiency and safety and with our vendor-neutral approach we are uniquely placed to help operators meet their targets for efficiency, productivity and safety. Our remote operations and monitoring solution is a game-changer for the UK industry as it allows operators to extend the operational life and increase the commercial viability of ageing assets.”
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