Centrica has awarded a contract for the remote operation of its normally unmanned offshore gas platforms.
The solution, designed by Servelec, includes a distributed control and emergency shutdown system as well as fire, gas and smoke detection systems. Once complete, each component will be monitored and controlled from an onshore operations centre.
It claims the project will extend the life and commercial viability of the ageing DP6 and DP8 assets through a more cost-effective and efficient maintenance programme and reduced downtime.
It is also expected to decrease risk to personnel and improve safety by slashing intervention time.
While the scope of each remote operations project differs from platform to platform, Servelec says a return on investment is expected within 24 months.
The news comes as Centrica is investing £60 million to boost offshore gas production at its Morecambe Bay platform.