AMEC Uses Quillion's Engineering Data Management Technology

AMEC has adopted Quillion's engineering data management technology in three major offshore oil and gas construction projects. These projects – Sakhalin, Rhum and Britsats – are major offshore construction projects and are worth a total of more than $300m.

Data management key to Amec's success

Central to AMEC's ability to deliver world class engineering projects is its ability to manage complex technical engineering data efficiently and seamlessly. Quillion's solutions provide AMEC with this additional capability.

Effective data management reduces the costs associated with the design, construction and operation of offshore oil and gas platforms, while at the same time reducing risks and improving performance. Engineers from different discipline can share information and access technical information and so work more collaboratively together. The project teams in Sakhalin, Britsats and Rhum are based in several locations yet these geographically dispersed team members are able to access technical information located elsewhere.

Once a phase of a design and construction project is completed, AMEC will be able to provide its customers with a comprehensive, structured data set containing all the technical engineering data relating to the platform. Preparing the handover of such technical information is a huge task but in Quillion's structured data system this task becomes simple and easy.

In these projects AMEC is now able to gather, store and manage the required technical data and information through the design and construction phases of an engineering project with a very high degree of efficiency and ease of handover at the end of phases. AMEC is able to support the various requirements of owner operators in terms of the data's scope (ie the type of data, types of equipment, their properties and the relation between items) and structure (that is, STEP ISO 15926 and STEPLIB compliant, using an industry RDL and data model).

Peter Mayhew information manager of AMEC Oil and Gas says, 'Quillion has helped us to transform our traditional business processes – overall we have radically improved performance, reduced risk, cut time to deliver information and made major savings. For our customers, having high quality data on handover when they acquire the platform has massive value in terms of operational cost savings. Quillion provides excellent support throughout the design and build lifecycle.'

Matthew Griffin, MD of Quillion comments, 'AMEC's commitment to high quality data management is a signal to its customers that it takes knowledge management very seriously. This long-term commitment strengthens the partnership between AMEC and Quillion and allows AMEC to provide best practice lifecycle data management as part of its world class delivery capability. AMEC and Quillion are building a capability that will lead the way beyond end of project data handovers into full project data management and control.'

About Sakhalin II

The Sakhalin II project was won by Amec last year in a deal worth $230m. It involves the development of the Piltun and Lunskoye oil and gas fields by Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, a joint venture between Shell, Mitsui and Mitsubishi. The project is one of the largest oil and gas developments in the world. Today's announcement comes nearly two years after AMEC secured its first contract, of around $62 million, to undertake initial engineering studies for the offshore aspects of this vast development.

The Piltun Astokhskoye field lies 16km off Sakhalin Island's north-east shore, in the Sea of Okhotsk. Sakhalin II will drain the Piltun Astokhskoye field. Piltun Astokhskoye lies 16km offshore Sakhalin Island's north-east shore, in the Sea of Okhotsk. It lies in 30m of water and is subject to dangerous storm winds, severe waves, icing of vessels, intense snowfalls and poor visibility. The average annual extreme low ranges between -32°C and -35°C. Ice sheets up to 1.5m thick move at speeds of 1-2 knots. Offshore structures can be exposed to icing from October through to December, for around 187 days. During the ice-free period, wave heights range between 1-3m, but can reach as high as 19m during 100-year storm conditions. Strong north-east and south-east winds cause a great amount of sea agitation in autumn and winter. The Piltun Astokhskoye field is developed by the Vityaz Production Complex. This consists of the newly refitted Molikpaq, a single anchor leg mooring (SALM) 2km away and a floating storage and offloading vessel (FSO).

About Rhum

Last year Amec won a £35m contract to develop Rhum, the UK's largest undeveloped gas reservoir. This exnteded Amec's long term relationship with BP in the North Sea and also involved the award of project management & fabrication contracts associated with BP's Bruce platform.

Rhum will come on stream in October 2005. In addition to delivering the projects demanding cost & schedule targets, the project will place unprecedented focus on 1st year production efficiency – historically a source of lost value for new developments.

Rhum involves the development and installation of subsea process facilities over the gas reservoir in a water depth of 109 meters which will be linked by pipeline to the Bruce platform - a distance of approximately 44 kilometers. AMEC has been working on front-end engineering design for Rhum since April 2002. Soon after that appointment, BP selected AMEC to carry out concept studies for the Bruce platform to provide a 'low pressure booster compression' facility to extend its productive life.