Subsea Field Automation

Subsea Field Automation
Challenge

The importance of instrumentation in subsea production systems and transmission facilities is well established because of the risk of major flow assurance problems and the difficulty and cost of subsea interventions, especially in deep water. However, when installed, various types of subsea sensors generate important information that is often ignored, either because of information overload or because operators fail to understand this information and alarms. Often, the right expertise is not readily available to analyse the existing data and make timely decisions to initiate corrective action and prevent serious problems.

Solution

Multiple sensors are often required to detect certain subsea conditions, and when information from a variety of sources is utilized, potential upsets can be recognized early and prevented. Integrating dissimilar systems and extracting the important information from among the vast amounts of data that are fed to the operators every hour may not be easy, but GEX has the technology base and expertise to effectively combine the elements of automation, smart field instrumentation, control valves, and control systems in order to detect critical situations that are about to occur. Subsequent corrective action prevents these situations from causing hazard to human life and the environment. Also, such systems may prevent production shut-downs and expensive subsea interventions. The result is an intelligent system that can be trained to detect upset conditions that otherwise would require the constant attention and expertise of a very senior staff or production engineer.