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Integrated safety system protects personnel

17 May 2010

ABB’s latest version of its System 800xA High Integrity safety system is now operating on StatoilHydro’s massive Troll A offshore gas production platform. The system controls emergency shut down applications on the platform, located 70 km off the coast of Norway.

Integrated safety system protects personnel and operations
Integrated safety system protects personnel and operations

The largest gas field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, Troll represents some 60% of the region’s total reserves. The Troll A platform produces about 75 million standard cubic meters (scm) of natural gas per day plus 10,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquid (NGL) condensates. This output supplies approximately 10% of the total natural gas needed by customers in Europe.

System 800xA High Integrity will provide emergency shut down applications, to protect the personnel on the platform, processes and production assets, as well as the environment. At the same time, it is integrated with the platform’s ABB automation systems to help Troll A to run at peak efficiency, with minimal interruptions, to safely keep this vital energy supply source in operation.

This SIL 3 rated Safety Instrumented System (SIS) provides a high level of integration of safety and control, and an embedded diverse technology architecture that provides protection of the process, plant, personnel, and the environment while it optimizes overall process efficiency.

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