BP has awarded Norway-based Kongsberg Maritime (KM) a contract for the operator training simulator (OTS) and associated services for its Angola Block 18 Greater Plutonio development. The OTS, which is slotted for delivery in April 2006, is based on a customized version of Kongsberg’s ASSETT dynamic process model. Asset will be linked to a controller emulator from Compressor Control Corporation, a DeltaV SimulatePro control system from Emerson Process Management, and an OLGA 2000 multiphase pipeline simulator from Scandpower Petroleum Technology.
Along with its operator training role, the OTS will provide assurance of staff competence in situations including normal operations, start-up and shutdown, emergencies and critical situations, process trips and other ‘upsets’.
Greater Plutonio, located in 1300m water depth, consists of an FPSO vessel with all production, gas and water injection wells sub sea. Topside facilities comprise a three stage gas-oil separation plant with desalting, sized to produce 220,000 bbl/d.
KM’s Kurt Roger Sivertsen said, ‘We are pleased that BP has selected the ASSETT dynamic process simulation technology for this project. Our simulators meet the highest requirements of real-time process simulation systems. This contract award is also KM’s operator training simulator project for BP and our first project in Angola.’
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