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Instumentation • Computing • Control

BP to replace some of the existing platforms at the Valhall oil and gas field during the next year. “HVDC Light is a reliable, efficient and

proven technology that enables remote platforms to receive power from shore, avoiding fossil fuel- based offshore generation,” said Martin Gross, head of the grid systems business, a part of ABB’s power systems division.” It is also ideal for connecting remote offshore wind farms to mainland networks, overcoming distance limitations and grid constraints, while ensuring minimal electrical losses and efficient performance.”

Maintenance and modification ABB has also signed a three-year frame agreement worth US$33million with BP Norway for maintenance, modification and service of the safety and automation systems of all of its oil field operations on the Norwegian continental shelf. Te agreement includes the option to extend for ten additional two-year terms. Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s process automation division, said: “Our long history in improving oil and gas operations and our successful working relationship with BP Norway were key factors to win this important agreement. “ABB offers the technology, services, and industry

expertise to help oil and gas customers extend the productive lifespan of their established oil field investments, as well as optimising the productivity of new resources.” ABB will provide system expertise for the safety and automation systems installed at BP’s main field operations in Norway, Valhall and Ula, as well as remotely operated Hod and Tambar. Telecommunications systems at Skarv will also be covered by the agreement.

Optimised performance of safety and automation systems will extend the productive life of oil and gas fields, by increasing their production volumes, lowering operating costs, as well as ensuring process, personnel and environmental safety. ABB will also provide simulation technology to

increase overall safety and that will be used for staff training and testing of new functionality. Tulsa-based eLynx Technologies, a leading

provider of web-based monitoring and field automation services to the oil and gas industry, has introduced i4D to the market. Te i4D is a four-input discrete alarming device that uses Iridium’s global satellite network for its communication, so it can be used in even the most remote locations.

Te i4D antenna only has to have a view of the open sky in order to communicate status changes associated with compressors, tank levels, pumps, and any other well site equipment. Real-time alarm notifications are then transmitted to operators via text, email or voice callout.

Critical alarms Reliability is critical with alarming devices. Te i4D has two built-in features that enable operators to rely on it for their critical alarming needs. Te device will transmit a signal once a week to let users know it is functioning and the device will send its battery level every time it transmits data. “Te i4D is in high demand where critical alarms

have to get through to the operators,” said Ray McDaniel, manager of sales engineering for eLynx. “Limited cellular and radio infrastructure will no longer be a problem in receiving, acknowledging, and reacting to alarms.” ●

PAS to improve plant operability and safety P

AS, a leading supplier of human reliability software and services to

the power and processing industries worldwide, today announced that Qatargas, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer, has chosen PAS’ PlantState Suite alarm management software and engineering services for an improvement project across all its units. “We chose PAS to optimise our

alarm systems. With this project, we expect to reduce operator loading and facilitate plant safety, all in service of continuity of customer shipments,”


said Alae Sadic Al Hassan, acting chief operating officer – engineering and ventures, Qatargas. PAS’ PlantState Suite, which is a

comprehensive alarm management and operations support software suite, will be utilised on the project to provide event analysis, documentation and rationalisation, auditing and enforcement, and dynamic alarm management. Post-project, the software will then be used to properly monitor and maintain the alarm system. “We are honoured that Qatargas

chose PAS for this important project to extend its leadership in process safety, reliability, and performance,” said PAS President, Chris Lyden. “We are proud to be their partner in this endeavour.”

Established in 1984, Qatargas

pioneered the LNG industry in Qatar. Today Qatargas is the largest LNG producer in the world with a production capacity of 42million t/y from its seven trains. Four of these, each with a production capacity of 7.8million t/y, are known as mega trains. ●

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