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Acquisition expands upstream oil and gas automation to span from reservoir to transmission

15 May 2009

Emerson has acquired Roxar ASA. The deal creates the world’s first integrated automation solutions company whose products span from subsea oil and gas reservoirs, to platform and floating production, to transmission, and ultimately through refining and production of goods. Roxar becomes part of Emerson Process Management, adding subsea reservoir management and production optimisation for global upstream exploration and production (E&P) customers.

Permanent downhole monitoring system (PDMS) provides reliable real time data to improve resevoir management, well planning and resevoir exploitation
Permanent downhole monitoring system (PDMS) provides reliable real time data to improve resevoir management, well planning and resevoir exploitation

Headquartered in Stavanger, Norway, Roxar has annual revenue of 150 million Euros (US$200 million). It has 28 offices in 19 countries with a network of wholly owned offices in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Roxar’s international customer base includes all of the multinationals, major independents and the majority of national oil companies.

“This acquisition is strategic to extending our solutions to help E&P owners meet the automation challenges of offshore subsea,” commented Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. “Roxar’s knowledge, technology and services combine perfectly to expand Emerson’s solutions.”

Emerson’s PlantWeb digital architecture uses intelligent digital networks to create smart platforms, FPSOs, and on-shore facilities. Roxar’s products and software systems add major sub-sea capabilities, including smart downhole networks to support E&P owner’s growing need for real-time reservoir production optimisation and flow assurance.

“Roxar is the upstream industry’s largest provider of subsea instrumentation - a complement to Emerson’s end-user-voted, industry leading instrumentation and valves that power the digital PlantWeb architecture,” added Sonnenberg.

“We are excited to join Emerson and bring together our common drive for innovation, complementary products, and customer solutions,” commented Gunnar Hviding, CEO and President of Roxar. “Our mission, now supercharged by this union, continues to be one of effectively solving E&P owner’s reservoir management problems and helping them maximise production.”

Roxar solutions are based on knowledge of reservoir flow dynamics by the company’s staff of geoscientists, engineers, software developers and computer scientists. The solutions combine real-time data from the company’s multiphase flow instruments, with predictive models from its software to help operators monitor production continuously, observe and control oil and gas fields from remote locations, process large volumes of vital reservoir data quickly and use the most up-to-date field information when making operational decisions.

As Emerson does for topside and on-shore process management, Roxar experts provide consultancy services for entire reservoir management including topside, subsea and downhole. Roxar solutions allow reservoir operators to make reservoir management and flow assurance decisions with the maximum amount of information. Roxar solutions include Reservoir Interpretation, Reservoir Modelling and Uncertainty Management, Reservoir Simulation, Well and Completion, and Production and Process Management.

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