HPS Signs North Sea Control Safety Pact

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 @ 06:09 PM gHale

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) inked a multi-year agreement to provide comprehensive services and support for Lundin Norway, Norway’s fastest-growing upstream oil and gas company.

Honeywell’s new Assurance 360 program will help Lundin achieve continual and optimal performance of its automation system at the Edvard Grieg field in the Utsira High area of the central North Sea.

Under the program, HPS will provide all necessary technology, processes and support for the system over the next four years, including hardware refresh, software updates and upgrades, and remote support. Key performance indicators in the contract will allow Lundin’s management to monitor delivery of the service, while dedicated program management provides a single point of accountability for performance.

The Assurance 360 program, “takes workload for ongoing services, maintenance and upgrades off their plate so they can focus on their core capabilities, while Honeywell focuses on the areas where we are experts such as control systems, safety systems and operator training,” said John Rudolph, vice president and general manager of HPS’s Lifecycle Solutions and Services business.

Lundin Norway focuses on oil and gas exploration, development and production in Europe’s biggest oil producing nation.

“This contract forges a close partnership with Honeywell that gives us certainty in terms of both costs and performance of the automation system at Edvard Grieg,” said Kari Nilsen, Head of Operations at Lundin Norway. “With Honeywell providing all the technology and people necessary, it allows Lundin to maintain its lean operating structure, even as we grow and look to develop existing and new opportunities more fully.”

The Edvard Grieg platform rests on the seabed in the North Sea and has a full process facility. Honeywell’s technology on the platform will include the safety and automation system, operator training simulator, engineering simulator, and production control center.

With production from the platform expected to start up in the fourth quarter of 2015, the field’s reserves are at 186 million barrels of oil equivalents. Gross plateau production should be 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.