Emerson Process Management has been selected to automate the Maersk Oil’s Culzean gas field development in the North Sea, UK.

Maersk and its co-venturers are investing around $4.5bn in the field, which is expected to meet around 5% of the country’s total demand.

Three offshore platforms supporting 12-slot wellheads will house a central processing facility, control room, and living quarters.

Emerson will serve as the main automation contractor and provide specialist services and technologies for the platforms.

The company will also provide services for an onshore observation facility that can support remote operations if required.

Emerson Process Management president Steve Sonnenberg said: "Emerson has proven technology and a successful track record of managing budget and schedule risk in North Sea automation projects.

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"This experience positions us to support Maersk Oil in both the initial construction phase and the long-term operational success of this prestigious and important project."

Under the contract, the company will offer project and support services including system design and engineering, configuration, testing, installation and commissioning, from its UK headquarters in Leicester.

Engineering and workforce training will be supported with an operator training system to help bring production online safely.

Other services to be offered by Emerson include control fire and gas detection systems, measurement and control technologies, asset management, and machinery health monitoring technologies.

The Culzean field was discovered by Maersk Oil and its co-venturers in 2008 and has estimated resources of 250 million to 300 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Production from the field is expected to start in 2019 and continue for at least 13 years with plateau production of 60,000-90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Image: Maersk and its co-venturers are investing around $4.5bn in the Culzean field. Photo: courtesy of A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.