Emerson Selected As Main Automation Contractor By PDO – Will Supply Plantweb® To Automate Oman Oil Field | Automation.com

Emerson Selected As Main Automation Contractor By PDO – Will Supply Plantweb® To Automate Oman Oil Field

October 272003
Petroleum Development Oman chooses Emerson and PlantWeb architecture with FOUNDATION fieldbus to boost production and assure safety

AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 27, 2003) -- Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), has been selected by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to automate a new gas/oil separation plant at Barik Gharif field.

Emerson won a competitive Main Automation Contractor (MAC) bidding tender, and will supply PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with FOUNDATION fieldbus technology for the approximately $3.4 million project that will increase safety and efficiency. This will be Emerson’s ninth project to supply PlantWeb architecture for PDO projects in Oman.

PDO is the major exploration and production company in the Sultanate. It accounts for more than 90 percent of the Middle Eastern country's crude oil production and nearly all of its natural gas supply. PDO has committed to deliver a sustained 800,000 barrels a day for Oman by 2007, fulfilling the full potential of the Barik field for the Oman people.

In addition to automating the Barik Gharif Central Gathering Station, the project includes remote monitoring and control of eight gas injection wellheads into two remote manifold locations where the flowlines from the individual wellheads are combined. Front end engineering and design of the project is under way, and startup is scheduled for spring 2004. The crude oil produced at Barik will be transported to the coast via Saih Rawl Station.

“Safety and production efficiency are key drivers for our projects in Oman,” said Rashid Bidwawi, Barik project engineer of PDO. “For this reason, the technology used for our automation projects is most important. We employ remote management of often unmanned facilities, and we view Emerson’s PlantWeb with FOUNDATION fieldbus to be leading technology to deliver the functionality needed for our challenging process environment. The technology and the strong local support by Seven Seas Petroleum, Emerson’s local business partner, have again competitively placed Emerson to provide the complete technical and commercially viable solution for this project in Oman.”

The Barik Central Gathering Station will be operated remotely from Qarn Alam. Also, the facility will integrate production data into the Corporate PI server in Mina Al-Fahal, on the coast. PDO also requires the ability to do remote engineering and diagnostics of the system and field devices from the wellhead, manifolds, and central gathering station.

“PDO has established itself as an innovator that applies the latest, proven technology to deliver safe and effective operations, and we are very pleased to be selected for this repeat business,” said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. “We are committed to delivering the operational excellence PDO seeks, and Emerson personnel are already hard at work locally in Oman, with coordinated engineering and integration efforts in Holland. We look forward to the 2004 commissioning and startup.”

As MAC, Emerson’s scope of supply includes engineering, project management commissioning, and training. Front end objectives include executing quick start-up and commissioning to decrease loss of revenue and limit any deferred oil production from the existing facility. Increased safety will be realized by doing much engineering remotely from the coast.

Emerson’s scope of technology supply includes control systems, all required/associated field instrumentation plus engineering services, and integration of emergency shutdown systems from subsupplier Hima. For control and automation, the PlantWeb architecture will include DeltaV™ digital automation systems with AMS™ Suite predictive maintenance software.

As part of the PlantWeb architecture, AMS Suite will communicate using the open FOUNDATION fieldbus protocol over a network of intelligent field devices including Emerson’s Fisher® valves with FIELDVUE® digital valve controllers, Rosemount® pressure and temperature transmitters, Daniel® ultrasonic flowmeters, and Micro Motion® Coriolis flowmeters. AMS Suite will communicate with some devices using HART protocol. This PlantWeb network of predictive intelligence uses real-time diagnostics running in the field devices to deliver health information about the process and devices themselves. AMS Suite gathers the information to help empower local and remote users to run the facilities safely, increasing yield while lowering maintenance and production costs.


About Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

PDO is the major exploration and production company in the Sultanate. It accounts for more than 90% of the country's crude-oil production and nearly all of its natural gas supply. PDO is owned by the Government of Oman (which has a 60% interest), the Royal Dutch/Shell Group (which has a 34% interest), TotalFinaElf (which has a 4% interest) and Partex (which has a 2% interest). The first economic find of oil was made in 1962, and the first consignment of oil was exported in 1967.

About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb®, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Daniel®, Rosemount®, DeltaVTM, Ovation®, and AMS™ Suite.

About Emerson

St. Louis-based Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com) is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliance and tools. Sales in fiscal 2002 were $13.8 billion.

PlantWeb, DeltaV, Fisher, Micro Motion, Daniel, Rosemount, Ovation, and AMS are marks of Emerson Process Management. FOUNDATION is a mark of the Fieldbus Foundation. HART is a mark of the HART Communication Foundation. Other marks are property of their respective owners.



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