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Fieldbus Interface Infrastructure for BP offshore oilfield in Angola [Reference]

Project details

Customer | BP

Project | Block 18, Greater Plutonia Field, Greenfield

Location | Angola

Completion | 2007

Project report

Mannheim, Germany (May 2007) – Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH has won the contract to be the fieldbus interface supplier, partnering with Emerson Process Management, for the project awarded by BP to automate the floating production, storage, and offloading vessel that will develop the Greater Plutonio Deepwater offshore oil fields of Angola. 

Emerson will implement the Pepperl+Fuchs fieldbus installation system FieldConnex®, a range of FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus interface solutions which includes the FieldBarrier, a unique fieldbus distribution module which combines the three essential physical layer functions of distribution, short circuit limitation, and ‘intrinsically safe’ explosion protection in one product.  For this project, the FieldConnex fieldbus products were supplied mounted into customized stainless steel enclosures and pre-wired to a specification requested specifically by the client.

Pepperl+Fuchs FieldConnex fieldbus technology will interface the field measurement instrumentation to Emerson’s DeltaV™ digital automation system which includes the unique AMS™ Suite predictive maintenance software.  These key components of the company’s PlantWeb® digital plant architecture are at the core of the innovative digital approach that will include more than 1,000 smart digital field devices.

The vessel, being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, will be 310 meters long, weigh 80,000 tons, and be capable of storing 2 million barrels of crude oil, with living quarters for 100 crew members. The topside facilities will produce an average of 200 thousand barrels per day of export-quality oil. All production, gas and water injection wells will be subsea.