Emerson automates Premier Oil’s West of Shetland Solan field

PlantWeb technology set to become template for future unmanned marginal field development.

Premier Oil has awarded a $17 million contract to Emerson Process Management for the automation of a new offshore production platform in the Solan oil field West of Shetland. Emerson’s PlantWeb technology will support remote operation of the production platform, located approx 160km offshore, from a remote operations center in Aberdeen.

The Solan field’s reserves are put at 40 million barrels of oil with an initial daily production of 24,000 bopd by year end 2014. The new platform is designed for unmanned operations and will serve as a model for future marginal field developments.

Emerson is the project’s main automation and electrical contractor and will provide project management, design, commissioning and startup services. Emerson’s PlantWeb digital architecture is at the heart of the project along with DeltaV automation and safety systems and the AMS predictive maintenance software. Emerson is also to provide satellite communications and an operator training solution that simulates real-world situations to prepare operations personnel for incident management. More from Emerson.

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