BP has appointed Emerson Process Management as the main automation contractor for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 development project in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.

Under the contract, which is worth more than $40m, Emerson will supply control and safety systems to assist the control of gas production on two new offshore platforms and an expanded gas processing plant at the onshore Sangachal terminal.

"This contract is a testament to Emerson’s experience in deepwater offshore oil and gas applications."

Emerson plans to deploy its DeltaV distributed control system, DeltaV SIS process safety system and the AMS Suite predictive maintenance software for the project.

The DeltaV system will control and monitor onshore, topside and subsea operations, while the DeltaV SIS system will undertake process and emergency shutdown functions, in addition to fire control systems and gas detection systems, allowing secure gas production.

The AMS Suite software will provide predictive diagnostics from the control and measurement devices to allow corrective maintenance.

Shah Deniz Stage 2 will add an additional 16 billion cubic metres per year (bcma) of gas production to the approximated 9 bcma produced by Shah Deniz Stage 1.

The development will help increase European energy security by bringing Caspian gas resources to markets in Europe.

Emerson Process Management president Steve Sonnenberg said: "This contract is a testament to Emerson’s experience in deepwater offshore oil and gas applications and to the quality of our work providing similar technology for BP’s nearby Chirag Oil Project.

"This latest large-scale project continues the long-standing and trusting relationship that exists between our companies."

Emerson is also offering automation technology and services for BP projects west of Shetland, UK.