ENGlobal deploys first universal master control station

Vendor-independent subsea control system deployed on Gulf of Mexico asset.

Englobal Corporation has announced the first deployment of its universal master control station (UMCS). The UMCS, a ‘vendor independent’ subsea control system, was installed on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico for a major international oil and gas company. The UMCS provides a standardized interface between industry available subsea production systems and topsides production facilities. Englobal CEO Bill Coskey said, ‘This is the foundation of future subsea controls integration projects, including hydraulic power and electrical systems. Our position as integrator means we also offer specialist execution skills to manage technically complex projects.’

The UMCS integrates multiple subsea equipment vendors hardware into a single master control station and leverages ‘scalable object-based’ software and off-the-shelf commercial hardware. The unit provides a standardized interface to subsea communication units, distributed control systems, electrical and hydraulic power units. Graphics, security protection, interlocks, and shutdown sequences are tailored via a configuration tool. Englobal acquired what was then the ‘Dolphin’ universal master control station from Control Dynamics International in 2010 (Oil IT Journal April 2010). More from Englobal.

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