As the upstream pontificates over production optimization, the midstream acts! As witnessed by the deployment of production planning and optimization systems from Invensys unit SimSci-Esscor by Norwegian state-owned Gassco. Gassco, which operates the Karsto natural gas liquids facility will be implementing SimSci’s ROMeo platform alongside Wonderware’s Industrial SQL Server package to improve production, planning and optimization throughout the facility. The deployment is part of a ‘multi-million’ dollar contract with Invensys.
The Karsto plant, located north of Stavanger, is owned by the Gassled joint venture which includes ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell, Statoil and Total. Gassco is to apply ROMeo’s modeling technology to create a plant production performance model (3PM). This is used to maximize plant capacity and to assess opportunities for processing gas from new field developments. Statoil, which acts as the technical service provider for Karsto, will also use the 3PM model for real time optimization of the facilities.
Gassco CTO Svein Birger Thaule said, ‘Optimizing operations in real time calls for advanced modeling solutions. Invensys’ 3PM solution is a rigorous system for production, planning and optimization at the Karsto processing facility.’
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