Shell goes ahead with World’s biggest OPC implementation

Fisher-Rosemount has been awarded a contract by Shell Oil for an automation system for the Brutus Offshore Oil Platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The project is thought to be the world’s largest implementation of the OLE for process control.

Fisher-Rosemount has been awarded a contract by Shell Oil for a DeltaV automation system for the Brutus Offshore Oil Platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

This project is thought to be the world’s largest implementation of the Microsoft OLE for process control (OPC) communications standard, which permits different software applications to share data at high transmission rates. Shell’s overall capital investment in this production platform is $700 million.

The DeltaV system will provide the primary automation interface to the offshore production platform. The $5.2 million project is slated for startup in June 2001. The system was chosen primarily for its easy-to-use operator interface and its ability to communicate with other offshore subsystems. OPC-based communications will be used to pass information for more than 12,000 different process variables to the DeltaV system.

This system will provide Shell with a singe user interface for multiple applications and hardware platforms. These applications and platforms are all seamlessly integrated with the DeltaV scalable automation system using OPC as the communications standard. This provides Shell with the ability to use a single engineering environment for development of graphics, charts, trends and data archiving.

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