Petrobras America has awarded Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies a contract for the provision of a ‘Digital Oil Field Tool’ (DOFT) to be deployed on its first deepwater production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. The DOFT will provide real-time support, monitoring and ‘look ahead’ forecasts of operating conditions. The system will bridge the offshore on the Cascade and Chinook production facility with Petrobras’ Port Fourchon, LA facility and its corporate location in Houston. Cascade and Chinook is located 300 km south of New Orleans in 2,500 meters of water, a current world record for an FPSO.
The DOFT will be built around Kongsberg’s Dynamic Simulator for Process, Instrumentation and Control Engineering (D-Spice). D-Spice embeds a plug-in of SPT Group’s Olga 2000 multiphase pipeline simulator and also links to various process control systems and third party packages. The DOFT will also be used offline in production planning and operator training.
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