Operability study brings over £1 million

Over £1 million worth of benefits are set to come to Shell Expro’s North Sea Dunlin Alpha platform, arising out of improvements to process control systems following help with operability from Glasgow-based Real Time Engineering (RTE). RTE highlighted three main problem areas – the system’s inadequacy in handling minor production fluctuations without triggering automatic shutdown; […]

Over £1 million worth of benefits are set to come to Shell Expro’s North Sea Dunlin Alpha platform, arising out of improvements to process control systems following help with operability from Glasgow-based Real Time Engineering (RTE).

RTE highlighted three main problem areas – the system’s inadequacy in handling minor production fluctuations without triggering automatic shutdown; the sheer number of alarms and data operators had to deal with; and the operators’ interface, which lacked a single-window overview.

According to RTE’s Neil Brown, principal consultant, his company is reconfiguring the control systems – to make them more robust and user-friendly, while making all real time data relevant to platform operation available and easy to assimilate. RTE is also implementing controls to match fuel gas supply to demand, thus avoiding shortfalls, which affect production, and excesses, normally flared.

RTE has now been asked by Shell Expro to review operability on its other installations, starting with the Brent Charlie platform.

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