Emerson on the Brunei Shell Petroleum platform

Monday, 31 July, 2006

Emerson Process Management's PlantWeb digital automation architecture and system integration services have helped Brunei Shell Petroleum Co. Sdn Bhd (BSP) start up its Phase III Champion West oil and gas field platform. The platform, located off the coast of Brunei, operates completely unmanned.

PlantWeb uses a Foundation Fieldbus network of intelligent devices and Emerson's DeltaV digital system to provide an operational overview of the Phase III platform, which is monitored by engineers and operators at the main manned complex 10 km away on the Champion West Drilling Platform - 1 (CWDP-1). The Phase III platform installation also features remote control and monitoring from the onshore control centre in Brunei.

Emerson Malaysia was responsible for the design, engineering, configuration and commissioning of the PlantWeb digital automation system. The contract was awarded in 2004 and the platform was commissioned and started up in December 2005.

The installed PlantWeb architecture included Emerson's DeltaV digital automation system, networked with intelligent field devices using the open standard Foundation Fieldbus communications technology. Emerson supplied smart digital devices including Rosemount pressure, level and temperature transmitters, Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters and Fisher valves with Fieldvue digital valve controllers.

The Emerson instrumentation and equipment on the Phase III platform interfaced with that of other international vendors using open, standards-based Foundation Fieldbus and OPC technology. The DeltaV system connected to third-party shutdown systems, multiphase meters and a DCS on another platform.

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