Fantoft awarded Pipeline Management System contract

BG Maria-Armada Pipeline Management System offshore Scotland BG Group in UK has awarded Fantoft Process Technologies (a part of Kongsberg Maritime) the contract for supply of a Pipeline Management System - PMS for the Maria-Armada development located offshore Scotland.

The Maria field
The Maria field consists of subsea production wells tied-back to the Armada processing platform through an 11 km multiphase pipeline. From Armada, gas is exported via CATS to Teesside and liquids through Forties to the Kinneil processing plant at Grangemouth. Recoverable reserves for Maria and Maria Horst are estimated to be in the region of 35 mmboe. First production is scheduled for Q1 2007. BG Group is the operator of Maria, on behalf of a consortium with Total and Centrica.

Illustration showing Maria Field development - Illustration: BG Group

D-SPICE simulator technology
"BG Group has once again selected the state-of-the-art D-SPICE simulator technology and services from Fantoft for one of their projects. This demonstrates our strength and reputation in supplying high-fidelity fit-for-purpose solutions to the oil & gas industry", says Knut Erik Spilling, Fantoft's Vice President Sales & Marketing.

Subsea and topside facilities simulated
The Maria-Armada Pipeline Management System will simulate the response of the subsea production system as well as the topsides facility. The model will be configured in D-SPICE, which also includes a seamless integration with OLGA multiphase pipeline flow model.

Start up and day-to-day operation
The PMS will support the facility start up and also the day-to-day operation of the Maria field through the following modes:

  • Real-time Mode
  • Look-ahead Mode
  • Planning/Training Mode

Additionally, the following application modules are included:

  • Automatic Model Tuning
  • Online Slug Monitoring
  • Flow Regime Indication
  • Optimal Ramp-Up Time
  • Hydrate Formation Monitoring

Safe and regular operation
The D-SPICE PMS will be integrated with the control system and add crucial information for safe and regular operation of the Maria-Armada field. Fantoft's Production Management Systems group located in UK and Norway will execute this PMS project. Fantoft is also the supplier of Pipeline Management System to the Atlantic and Cromarty field, another BG-operated field offshore Scotland.

About BG Group BG Group is a leading player in the global energy market, with operations in 20 countries over five continents. While their headquarters are in United Kingdom (UK), over 60% of the talented professionals who make up the BG team are located outside the UK. BG Group is involved in all aspects of the energy sector, particularly natural gas, where they have experience across the entire gas chain %u2013 from exploration to delivery to the consumer. BG Group is a publicly listed company on the London and New York Stock Exchanges.