Invensys has been awarded a project by Petrofac Facilities Management to enable migration of the ageing Emerson Fisher Provox system on the Kittiwake production platform in the central North Sea to Foxboro I/A Series process control systems. The project is due to be completed in 2007. Petrofac is an international provider of facilities solutions to the oil & gas production and processing industries with a diverse client portfolio including many of the world's leading integrated, independent and national oil & gas companies.
The Invensys migration solution chosen possesses state-of-the-art functionality that will assist delivery of reliable operations and provide improved access and transferability of management and control information. This well-proven migration solution reduces downtime and has smaller physical footprint. The Invensys solution is considered a low risk option and to date over 450 competitive PCS migrations, such as Honeywell TDC, Bailey Net and Infi90, Moore APAC, Westinghouse WDPF, Spectrum and Fisher Provox, have been successfully completed, incurring typically only a single day's production shutdown.
"Another benefit of the system is that the lost production revenues usually associated with the upgrade path downtime are reduced from the typical six weeks to a few days, thereby outweighing the CAPEX cost of the migration project," said Hans van Gool, EMEA PCS Migration Project Manager at Invensys.