Norway’s Statoil begins development of offshore oil and gas fields
Producer plots strategies, chooses infrastructure suppliers, to develop Norwegian continental shelf production units.
Statoil, the Norwegian energy producer, has selected Emerson Process Management as one of the three main suppliers for its new offshore oil- and gas-field developments. The agreement will place Emerson as primary bidder for expected automation and safety systems for the new projects.
The agreement supports Statoil’s strategy of using innovative technologies to solve future energy needs, including making the most of emerging opportunities in shale gas, heavy oil, deep-water production, and further development of the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Emerson says its integrated safety and automation system – which includes its DeltaV digital automation system and DeltaV SIS process safety system – will help Statoil maximize production while reducing operating costs and minimizing safety and environmental risks.
Statoil and Emerson recently collaborated to apply Emerson’s Smart Wireless technology on two offshore platforms, where the networks helped reduce cost and weight.
The five-year frame agreement covers process safety and automation systems, including engineering services, for new capital projects as well as upgrades to existing facilities, and includes the option to renew for two additional two-year terms. Emerson will continue to provide control valves, measurement instruments, asset management solutions, and related services to Statoil.
Edited by Peter Welander, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Control Engineering Process Control Channel.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.