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Emerson helps BP automate oil and gas platforms

Steve Rogerson
August 25, 2015
 
BP is adding valves and measurement instruments as well as technologies for supervisory control and data acquisition, asset management and machinery health monitoring to its distributed control and safety instrumented systems on its upstream oil and gas operations.
 
This follows a global agreement with Emerson Process Management to provide automation technologies and aftercare services for BP. The ten-year agreement extends the existing arrangement between the companies, allowing Emerson to provide an expanded scope of technologies and expertise to help ensure safe and competitive projects and support BP’s Field of the Future programme for enhanced operating efficiency and oil recovery.
 
“This agreement further underscores BP’s commitment to safe and reliable operations, as well as our commitment to remaining at the forefront of upstream oil and gas technology,” said Adrian Luckins, vice president of global projects at BP.
 
In addition to automation that helps companies such as BP run their processes smoothly, safely and efficiently, Emerson also provides services and technologies to reduce project cost and schedule risk and to improve reliability and reduce expensive downtime in on-going operations.
 
The new agreement expands the companies’ existing relationship on upstream projects. As main automation contractor, Emerson will also continue to deliver a range of project and support services that include system engineering, installation, configuration, testing and support. The agreement also provides for maintenance of existing systems.
 
“We appreciate BP’s continued confidence in our proven ability to execute large, complex oil and gas developments,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. “Our team welcomes the opportunity to put that experience to work as we help BP operate its assets safely and responsibly, get to first production more quickly and easily, maximise operating efficiency, and optimise production and yield.”
 
This agreement builds on the collaboration between BP and Emerson on a number of major upstream projects around the world. Emerson is currently providing automation services to BP for a floating production, storage and offloading vessel for the Quad 204 development and Clair Ridge offshore platform, both in the North Sea to the west of Shetland, and for the Chirag Oil Project and Shah Deniz Stage Two project in the Caspian Sea.
 
• Emerson Process Management has released the Rosemount 8750W magnetic flowmeter for utility, water and wastewater applications. It is suitable for water distribution in any process plant in cooling and heating water, water management, influent and effluent flows, wastewater, and desalination application.
 
It ensures reliability through welded coil housing for protection against moisture ingress, a dual compartment transmitter housing to keep electronics fully isolated from moisture, and a replaceable terminal block which enables easy repair in the field without the need to replace the entire meter.
 
Intelligent diagnostics help users take advantage of improved installation, maintenance and process management practices. Smart meter verification, grounding and wiring fault detection, and electrode coating detection are available. The smart meter verification diagnostic enables calibration in the field without shutting down the process or requiring complicated external equipment. To simplify use, all meter information can be quickly accessed through the local operator interface, ProLink III, 475 field communicator or AMS Suite predictive maintenance software.