Petrofac has awarded Invensys a second refurb contract for the process control systems (PCS) on the North Sea’s Kittiwake field. Petrofac operates Kittiwake on behalf of Venture Production which acquired the field from Shell in 2003. The project involves the migration of an ‘ageing’ Emerson PCS system to a new Foxboro I/A series-based solution.
Invensys project manager Hans van Gool said, ‘One benefit of the project is that lost production revenues usually associated with the upgrade path downtime are reduced from the typical six weeks to a few days, thereby outweighing the CAPEX cost of the migration project.’
State of the art
The upgrade includes state-of-the-art functionality to ensure reliable operations, improved access and exchange of management and control information. The Invensys solution is considered a low risk option with over 450 competitive PCS migrations to date. Legacy systems from Honeywell, Bailey, Moore, Westinghouse, Spectrum and Fisher have been successfully migrated, incurring typically only a single day’s production shutdown. The project is due to be completed in 2007.
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