Cheniere Energy has awarded Invensys Process Systems a contract for the implementation of the Operator Training Simulation (OTS) system for its Sabine Pass liquid natural gas receiving terminal currently under construction in Louisiana.
The OTS will be used for training control room operators, supervisors and plant equipment operators at the terminal. The OTS also offers checkout tools for the distributed control system (DCS) and emergency shutdown system (ESD). Cheniere is also to use the system for process engineering and testing, non-control system equipment simulation, and training workers outside the control room.
The OTS leverages Invensys’ SIM4ME architecture which integrates process, controls and equipment simulation in what is described as an open and scalable architecture. SIM4ME’s functions are based on a shared set of dynamic simulation principles and user interfaces.
The new contract builds on previous Invensys performance in the Sabine Pass project including the Terminal Operations Management which automates business processes across the facility. Some 20 software systems from Invensys and third parties will be integrated with Cheniere’s enterprise level business systems.
Race against time?
Investment in LNG facilities may prove to be a race against time according to a recent white paper from IBM’s Global Business Services division. The report ‘A High Stakes Race Against Time’ asks if LNG capacity will be brought on stream in time to benefit from the current gas price bubble. Download the IBM study from www.ibm.com. For more on the Sabine Pass LNG development see OITJ March and April 06 issues.
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