UK-based Servelec Controls has secured a contract to provide a remote operations solution for Centrica’s unmanned offshore gas platform, DP6. 

The project is expected to extend the life and commercial viability of the ageing asset. It will involve removal of the redundant plant and replace obsolete equipment with new systems designed by Servelec.

Upon completion, Centrica intends to maximise the value of its asset through a cost-effective maintenance programme.

The project is also expected to improve personnel safety by decreasing intervention time. 

Servelec Controls managing director Andrew Mills said: “Servelec Controls appreciates the problems faced by our industry, and we are determined to help our customers resolve them.

"Upon completion, Centrica intends to maximise the value of its asset through a cost-effective maintenance programme."

“We are delighted that Centrica has chosen Servelec to design, install and support remote operations and safety systems on their DP6 platform, in what is a challenging economic climate for operators.

“Offshore oil and gas operators are critically focused on operational efficiency and safety and with our vendor-neutral approach we are uniquely placed to help operators meet their targets for efficiency, productivity and safety.”

The remote operations and monitoring solution designed by Servelec comprises a distributed control system (DCS), emergency shutdown (ESD) function, and systems to detect fire, gas, and smoke.

Upon completion, all these components will be monitored and controlled from an onshore operations centre.

The Sevelec solution is aligned with the UK Oil & Gas Authority’s Maximising Economic Recovery strategy, which sets decommissioning as the last resort to encourage operators to focus on sustainable value adding initiatives.