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Remote Operations


Some oil and gas installations require costly manned intervention to complete a variety of activities; primarily maintenance, modification, well services, inspection and fabric maintenance. Remote operation and automation of production and monitoring from onshore maximises the life of ageing assets, saves money, increases efficiency and improves safety. Our solution rescues the life of many aged assets aligning them to current legislation/regulation and ultimately returns them to commercial viability.

The amount of work required to complete inspection and maintenance activities on ageing assets tends to increase with time. Larger installations generally have accommodation and are manned throughout the year, but smaller installations tend to be normally unmanned (NUI) and these NUIs require engineers to be deployed by helicopter to deliver the required work. Longer interventions, particularly for NUIs, can require the support of large accommodation vessels at high additional costs.

Servelec Controls’ remote operations solution combines distributed control systems (DCS), emergency shutdown systems (ESD) and fire and gas safety systems to enhance existing operations and maintenance and:

  • Restart after level B shutdown
  • Enhance the quality of data acquired
  • Streamline maintenance
  • Protect assets from cyber threats

With additional remote technologies the following can be achieved:

  • Start-up from all shutdown events
  • Monitoring to verify safe restart to production
  • Reinstatement of power
  • Wellhead control
  • Lens-cleaning for fire and gas monitors
  • Integrity monitoring
  • Safe-intervention monitoring

The provision of this functionality allows offshore installation to remain unmanned for longer without concerns over safety, integrity or production. Our remote operations solution has provided the following benefits to our client in fields in the North East Irish Sea.

Redundant Plant

Removing redundant plant and rationalising the replacement of obsolete equipment.

Reducing the use of Helicopters

Proportionately reducing the use of helicopters (amortised across the field to be £1.4M per platform) and non-productive labour.

Transferring Life-Support Equipment

Transferring life-support equipment from the installation to the access system.

Reduced Tonnage

Reduced logistics diesel and quayside tonnage.

Reducing Intervention Time

Reducing intervention time By 60%

Reduction in Insurance Costs