Tuesday 14 August 2012

Donation aids automation skills

Latest automation and control technology for ASET International Oil and Gas Training Academy

Emerson Process Management has donated automation technology worth over £650,000 (€830,000) to the newly opened ASET International Oil and Gas Training Academy in Aberdeen (GB), helping to train the next generation of operators in the oil and gas industry. Emerson’s equipment is installed on a unique working on-shore platform, which will provide trainee technicians with hands-on experience, whilst in a safe environment.

“We have recognised the resource challenges faced by our industry and are committed to supporting the needs of the oil and gas industry. We appreciate the importance of properly equipping people for the future and the value facilities like ASET can provide,” said Donald Angus, Emerson’s newly appointed European Sales Director for Upstream Oil & Gas, who is based in Aberdeen. “Emerson’s automation, control and safety systems are the technology of choice for this important industry and we are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this world class facility.”

Chief Executive and Executive Director, Atholl Menzies, heads the highly proactive ASET team who have researched, developed and marketed a wide range of training courses and programmes for electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and process technicians from oil-producing countries worldwide.

He said, “It is vital that our facilities replicate industry standards to allow us to continue to underpin the training needs of the North Sea industry, and fulfil global demand for specialist training.  I thank Emerson for their generous donation which will benefit oil and gas training personnel for many years to come.”

Emerson has supplied its DeltaV™ digital automation system and DeltaV SIS™ process safety system for the on-shore training platform. This latest version of DeltaV features the new S-series platform with “I/O on Demand” which makes it easy for students to configure the I/O for training or temporary installations.

Field devices include Rosemount® transmitters and flowmeters, Micro Motion® flow and density meters, and Fisher® GX valves with FIELDVUE™ digital valve controllers. A Daniel™ metering skid and flow computer is used for fiscal measurement. Emerson’s AMS Suite predictive maintenance software provides students with access to configuration and diagnostic data, and the latest Smart Wireless technology provides access to data from field devices, without the need for wires.

Emerson has also supplied software packages that make it easier for students to develop their skills including DeltaV InSight and DeltaV Simulate. Emerson’s Guardian Support provides access to performance data and technical support.

By retaining existing legacy equipment such as pneumatic controllers, and augmenting these with the very latest instrumentation and control technologies, including FOUNDATION fieldbus communication and wireless networks, the training rig provides a realistic experience reflecting the mixture of old and new plant and equipment currently operating in the field.

Emerson’s involvement in the ASET project is part of an industry-wide initiative to help operators in the oil and gas industry meet the challenges that resource limitations are bringing to the industry. By supporting world class training facilities, Emerson will help increase the pool of skilled operators required by the industry.

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