Wednesday 24 August 2011

Control & safety in North Sea

Yokogawa offers control and safety solutions dedicated to North Sea market

At Offshore Europe 2011 (Aberdeen, Scotland, 6-8 September 2011), Yokogawa is featuring its state-of-the-art control and safety systems which provide a sophisticated automation platform to underpin sustained profitable operations and help to drive evolving production strategies.

The global Yokogawa operation is a preferred supplier to major offshore oil and gas companies, including Shell, BP, Chevron and Total.

Yokogawa has established a dedicated North Sea team which, in addition to promoting the latest control and safety systems, offers the ability to handle brownfield projects with support for customers throughout the life cycle from centres in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Stavanger, Norway.

Key products featured at Offshore Europe include the latest version of Yokogawa’s flagship Centum VP DCS control system plus the ProSafe RS Safety Instrumented System. These are supported by a range of software tools including the ExaPilot monitoring and control package, the ExaQuantum information management system, and the CAMS alarm management system.

Yokogawa addresses the need to comply with evolving regulations and the desire to improve safety and control through modern systems that provide for asset intelligence and production management. Advanced diagnostics, communications and instrumentation configurations help to lower personnel on board, or allow unmanned operation while ensuring full support from shore.

Unique instrumentation and intelligent tools including subsea flow simulation provide a sophisticated platform for enhanced oil recovery strategies. Online documented operational philosophies, best operational practice guidance, latest display techniques, and alarm management tools combine to empower the operator for continuous safe operation.

Yokogawa’s reliable systems, plus a host of advanced tools including alarm management, fault tolerance and remote diagnostics, predictive simulation, operator simulator training are applied to optimise a platform’s productive uptime.

Yokogawa complements its automation products with a rich array of operational support - VigilantPlant Services - that extend from simple maintenance and repair all the way to performance optimisation. With the active support of Yokogawa’s experts, automation investments reduce business risk and deliver tangible return on investment.

“We combine knowledge and expertise with renowned technologies which help to achieve optimum outcomes in brownfield migration scenarios from the initial design stage through to a flawless changeover to efficient operation”, comments Will de Groot, Vice-President, Industrial Automation Sales & Marketing, Amersfoort, the Netherlands: “The North Sea is a core market for Yokogawa, and our investment and unique intellectual heritage in both the industrial automation and North Sea sectors positions us to deliver best-in-class brownfield upgrades.”

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