Remote Operations solution to be installed on second UKCS platform

Just six months after Servelec Controls commenced work to implement a unique Remote Operation solution on Centrica’s DP6 Morecambe Bay platform, Servelec Controls is pleased to announce that it has begun work on the Remote Operation conversion of the sister platform, DP8.

The Remote Operations solutions provided by Servelec Controls are an integral part of Centrica’s Simplification project and will help boost output from the two normally unmanned installations, which already produce enough gas to heat 1.5million homes. Simplification includes the removal of approximately 500 tons of redundant topside plant, upgrading electrical infrastructure and replacing the existing Distributed Control System (DCS) to enable safe remote operation of the platform from the onshore control room, including ‘black start’ situations. In addition to replacing the DCS, rationalisation and integration of the emergency shut down system and fire and gas detection and control system is also included.

Following completion, the project will:

  • Reduce manned interventions by a minimum of 60%
  • Extend forecasted end-of-life by at least 15 years
  • Provide return on investment inside two years.
  • Dramatically improve maintenance planning
  • Defer costly decommissioning.

In addition to the significant OPEX savings, the project will enable a reduction in maintenance and manned interventions consequently decreasing the reliance on helicopter transportation significantly. Reducing helicopter transport drastically reduces fuel costs and insurance costs as a result of the diminishing risk profile.

The solution, which Servelec Controls recently presented at the Topsides UK exhibition alongside colleagues from Centrica, was featured by the EIC in their ‘Survive and Thrive’ market intelligence report. The report described it as “a watershed moment for marginal fields, extending the life of basins” and “a game-changing idea for the oil and gas sector and an opportunity for oil companies across the world.”

Following the contract award, Andrew Mills, Managing Director of Servelec Controls said: “We are delighted that Centrica has again chosen Servelec Controls to provide our innovative Remote Operation solution for their DP8 platform. Our work on the DP6 platform is scheduled to complete ahead of schedule despite tight timescales and we are confident of repeating this successful delivery with the DP8 project.

“Offshore oil and gas operators are critically focused on operational efficiency and safety and with our vendor-neutral approach Servelec is uniquely placed to help operators like Centrica meet their targets for efficiency, productivity and safety. Our Remote Operations solution will prove to be a game changer for established brownfield assets on the UKCS and beyond.”

Servelec Controls is a UK-based, market-leading independent integrator of real-time, mission critical safety and control systems and provider of solutions for remote operations, 24/7 support and maintenance.