Emerson Announces TotalFinaElf Commissions Offshore Platform Using Emerson's PlantWeb(R) Architecture with FOUNDATION(TM) Fieldbus Technology

  • May 20, 2003
  • Emerson Automation Solutions
  • News
Installed cost benefits include 15% reduction in wiring and instrumentationcosts, 20% reduction in control system costsAUSTIN, TEXAS (May 20, 2003) - Following a successful trial on an onshoreplant, TotalFinaElf E&P Nederland (TFEEPN) and Emerson Process Managementhave installed PlantWeb digital plant architecture with FOUNDATION fieldbusdigital communications technology on the new K1A offshore gas production platform, located in the Dutch sector of the North-Sea. Commissioned in January 2002, TFEEPN achieved several benefits from itsinitial offshore platform project. Loop diagrams were reduced by 80%, saving engineering time; building costs were reduced because less space was required; a 15% reduction was seen in wiring and instrumentation costs; and a 20% reduction was seen in control system costs. Reductions in operational costs are expected although it is too early to quantify these.Commenting on the project, Sikko De Jong, head of Electrical, Instrumentation and DCS in the Engineering and Construction Department at TFEEPN said, "We were keen to adopt fieldbus technologies on several offshore projects that were planned. After research of fieldbus and automation system technologies, and a successful field trial, FOUNDATION fieldbus technology was selected since it met the desired functionality requirements, supports fast cycle times, is powered over the network, and can use existing wiring if necessary. Emerson Process Management was chosen for the automation system because Emerson's PlantWeb digital plant architecture comprises the latest technology of host system powered by intelligent field instruments. Further, Emerson understands maintenance and has built this into PlantWeb, and Emerson is the automation supplier most actively involved with FOUNDATION fieldbus." The PlantWeb installation on the K1A platform consists of a DeltaV(TM)digital automation system networked with 90 FOUNDATION fieldbus-based instruments, including Rosemount(R) pressure, temperature and flow transmitters.AMS predictive maintenance software is also a key component of PlantWeb. AMS works on the network and with the intelligent field devices to provide status and diagnostic information about the field devices as well as about the process. This predictive information can inform a reliability-centered maintenance strategy, driving towards greater plant availability, reduced maintenance costs; including a reduction in very expensive offshore logistics costs, as well as ensuring high automation performance.When asked what advice he would give to others embarking on a FOUNDATIONfieldbus project, Sikko De Jong said, "We made positive savings, so it isdefinitely worth doing, What you must remember is that field buses are notdifficult, they are just different. You must prepare the process thoroughly beforehand, increasing people's knowledge and skills as well as modifying engineering procedures and practices to suit the new technology."TFEEPN continues to expand its application of the proven, new technology. It completed the automation of their K5PK compressor platform in October 2002 that included PlantWeb with 110 Emerson FOUNDATION fieldbus-based instruments. A new platform planned for June 2004 will be next to use PlantWeb and FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. About Emerson Process ManagementEmerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing anddistribution 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.Emerson brands include: PlantWeb(R), Fisher(R), Daniel(R), Micro Motion(R), Rosemount(R), DeltaV(TM), Ovation(R), and AMS.About EmersonEmerson (www.gotoemerson.com) is a global leader in bringing technology andengineering 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 fiscal2002 were $13.8 billion.PlantWeb, Fisher, Daniel, Micro Motion, Rosemount, DeltaV, and Ovation aremarks of Emerson Process Management. Other marks are property of their respective owners.

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