Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has been selected to provide advanced automation and safety solutions for Statoil's Valemon platform in the Norwegian North Sea.
HPS will be providing its Experion process knowledge system (PKS), integrated protective solutions, critical alarm panel with safety manager, integrated fire and gas and emergency shutdown solutions, as well as CCTV software.
Solutions will enable remote onshore operation for the offshore platform and reduce overall production costs, while improving safety.
Upon completion of drilling operations next year, Statoil's Valemon platform will become a periodically manned installation, the company’s first platform to be operated from shore and have ten production wells.
Control operations will be located in Bergen, which is located 160km away from the platform itself.
HPS Projects and Automation Solutions business vice-president and general manager Pieter Krynauw said: "This project is a great example of how Honeywell is able to use its technology and experience to help Statoil remotely control operations at an important gas production facility.
"As companies move oil platforms farther offshore and into other remote, challenging locations to find oil and gas, managing those operations efficiently while reducing risk to workers will become increasingly important."
Serving as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) automation contractor for the project, Honeywell will provide various control and safety technologies, including new operator stations and critical alarm panels at the onshore Bergen operations centre.
The centre will communicate with systems on the Valemon platform.
HPS's new solution is expected to reduce the complexity of remote operations, as well as minimise overall operating costs.
Situated in water depths of 135m, the Valemon platform will produce natural gas and condensate from one of the undeveloped natural gasfields in the North Sea with an estimated 192 million barrels of oil equivalent.