Emerson Wins $9 Million Automation Contract from BP Angola

Emerson Process Management has been awarded a $9 million contract by BP to automate a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel that will develop the Greater Plutonio Deepwater offshore oil fields of Angola.

Emerson will provide engineering, design and commissioning, plus long-term support for integrated control systems on BP's Greater Plutonio FPSO vessel.

"We are pleased at our selection by BP to implement smart FPSO facilities based on PlantWeb digital automation solutions that integrate control and safety systems," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. "Our PlantWeb services and predictive, advanced technologies enable producers to optimize vessel and facility manning, and design safer facilities that provide early warning of equipment and process problems."

The automation solution will fully integrate subsea, hull and topside control with emergency shutdown and fire and gas systems. Operator consoles in the vessel's topside control room will provide windows to the entire operation, from the subsea wellheads to the treatment processes to the loading/offloading, and even the navigation lights.

Through Emerson's PlantWeb(R) digital plant architecture, BP personnel will have information to prevent abnormal situations that can cost millions of dollars in lost production. Real-time information on the health of critical devices and equipment from the PlantWeb network notifies operators when degradation is sensed, enabling preventive action before incidents occur.

Engineering by Emerson and the project's main contractor is under way. PlantWeb will use field devices with FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus and HART communication protocol capability, networked with the Emerson DeltaV(TM) digital automation system, which includes the unique AMS(TM) Suite predictive maintenance software.

The vessel being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries will be 310 meters long, weigh 80,000 tons, and be capable of storing 2 million barrels of crude oil, with living quarters for 100 crew members. The topside facilities will produce an average of 200 million barrels per day of export-quality oil. All production, gas and water injection wells will be subsea.

Emerson's West African organization, from its offices in Angola, will manage the final phase of the contract -- long-term support -- using PlantWeb's predictive maintenance technologies and services through 2016.