Contemporary control rooms: Statoil Hydro Tjeldbergodden
At this methanol plant, people can collaborate comfortably to troubleshoot problems, allowing error recovery to happen faster. HMIs are two high-resolution, big screen displays. ABB helped Statoil Hydro.
Statoil Hydro’s Tjeldbergodden plant, one of the world’s largest methanol facilities, recently implemented a state of the art control room that lets operators exercise control of their processes via two large high-resolution displays. Thistrol engineer.
When the Tjeldbergodden plant started operations in 1997, Statoil Hydro implemented the Elsag Bailey Infi 90 automation system. In 2005, ABB System 800xA functions were added to improve the reporting of production history. The plant took another step in 2007 by implementing ABB’s Process Portal concept and System 800xA
At the heart of the operator control room are two interactive, high-resolution, big screen displays with integrated video.djustable desks help prevent strain injuries when looking back and forth between the smaller monitors and the large display screens.
Most operators use the large display screens to gather and view graphics of the overall process. That the large screens are fully interactive is a big help in this respect. “But it can also be used to display detailed images when, for instance, several people are involved in the decision process,” says Per Lundmark, business developer for System 800xA EOW at ABB Sweden.
The four smaller monitors are usually used for specific process information, such as alarms and for following up trends. By using several monitors, operators can access different types of information simultaneously, and at the same time display a diagram on more than one screen.
Furthermore, the information on the monitors can be adjusted to meet different specialist needs. According to ABB, EOWs can be installed in existing control rooms without modification, which saves space compared with traditional solutions. The surroundings are also much improved. ABB EOW furniture, for example, is highly robust and claims a service-life that is designed for 24/7 use.
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