Chevron has signed with UK-based engineering and plant information specialist Aveva for the implementation of its Aveva Net Portal solution at its Nigerian Agbami floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility. Abgami, the world’s largest FPSO is located 70 miles off the Nigerian coast and will produce 250,000 bopd when it comes onstream in 2008.
Aveva Net Portal (ANP) is a web-enabled solution for the integration and collaborative use of engineering information. 3D models, schematics, documents and application data can be accessed in context without needing the source application that created the data.
ANP leverages the ISO15926 plant information standard and XML technology in a ‘flexible and easy-to-implement’ solution for information management throughout the project lifecycle. ANP is claimed to reduce the time it takes to find information, to enhance data quality and to make information accessible to all stakeholders. Global access to information is said to reduce costs and risks in all phases of large capital engineering projects.
The rationale behind a plant information data model such as that provided by ANP has been the subject of several previous Oil IT Journal articles. Most recently (OITJ April 2007) the ISO 15926 plant data model got backing from the US Fiatech construction industry standards body. ISO 15926 had its origins in work done by the Norwegian POSC/CAESAR organization.
The plant information management system ensures that accurate data is available during the project’s construction phase. But the main benefits from such systems come during and after handover of the facility from the engineering contractor to the owner operator. This has been a pain point historically, with considerable inefficiencies and even data loss.
Information stored in ANP is continually updated on a master hub located in Chevron’s land base in Lekki, Nigeria. Another system onboard the FPSO is kept in synch with a replication mechanism. Data includes piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID), a 3D ship/facility model and other engineering documents.
Aveva’s local partner is Nigerian Engineering Services company Lonadek which will be responsible for delivery of the Agbami Portal and for on-going support when Abgami goes onstream in 2008. Design and engineering work is spread between several Nigerian and international contractors and on the FPSO itself. The topside was designed and built by KBR—a member of the Fiatch ADI ISO 15926 project. For more on Aveva’s activity in oil and gas, see our interview with Aveva’s North American operation head, Matthew McKinley (OITJ April 07).
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