Emerson Process Management has received a $23m contract from oil giant BP to supply control and safety systems for two new offshore oil platforms in the UK North Sea.

"The Emerson system will support BP’s Field of the Future programme, designed to improve operating efficiency and oil recovery."

The platforms are part of the Clair Ridge project being developed by BP and partners ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell.

Under the terms of the contract, Emerson will provide automation technologies and serve as the project’s main automation contractor under a global agreement with BP.

In this role, Emerson will provide services including system engineering, installation, configuration, testing and ongoing support.

The company will provide a solution based on its PlantWeb digital plant architecture, including the DeltaV digital automation system, which will control and monitor platform operations, the DeltaV SIS process safety system, which will perform process and emergency shutdown functions if required, and the AMS Suite predictive maintenance software, which will enable onshore technicians and managers to monitor the platform equipment.

The Emerson system will support BP’s Field of the Future programme, designed to improve operating efficiency and oil recovery.

BP expects that production from the new platforms will begin in 2016, with potential peak production of up to 120,000 barrels of oil each day.