Switzerland-based power and automation technology group ABB has secured a contract from Statoil to upgrade safety and automation systems at the Heimdal platform in the North Sea, off the coast of Norway.

Under the contract signed with Statoil in the second quarter of 2013, ABB will provide a new human-machine interface (HMI) for the control system and control room modifications.

The company will also deliver a simulator, fire and gas detectors, as well as integrating telecommunication in the control room and information management systems (IMS).

Once the upgrade is complete, the Heimdal platform will feature ABB’s modern 800xA Extended Automation platform as the main control system.

The system has been adapted to comply with Statoil’s guidelines for workstations layout and design of process graphics.

As part of the agreement, ABB will hold the complete engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) responsibility for the project.

"ABB will provide a new human-machine interface (HMI) for the control system and control room modifications."

ABB Norway Process Automation division manager, Per Erik Holsten, said that the upgrade of the safety and automation system on Heimdal is expected to result in profitable and safe operation of the platform."

"ABB’s maintenance and modification service solutions extend the life span of installations that have been in operations for a significant amount of time," Holsten added.

The Heimdal field has currently lowered its own production and is now a hub in the central North Sea for the processing and distribution of gas.

The platform receives gas from the Huldra, Oseberg, Skirne and Vale fields and exports it through Vesterled or Statpipe pipelines for processing.

Heimdal field, at its peak, can process gas up to 15% to 20% of the total Norwegian gas production.

Image: The Heimdal platform will feature ABB’s new Human-Machine Interface (HMI) system. Photo: courtesy of ABB.