Advanced process control cuts offshore production constraints

Multivariable predictive control technology increased oil and gas production by 4% from BP PLC's Marlin tension leg platform (TLP) in the Gulf of Mexico.While multivariable control technology is established in the petrochemical and refining industry, only a few offshore production facilities have this technology deployed.On Marlin, BP installed the Honeywell Profit Controller technology between July and October 2003.The Marlin TLP is on Viosca Knoll Block 915 in 3,240 ft of water.Production constraintsSpace constraints on offshore facilities limit the design of separation equipment. Multivariable predictive controllers, a component of advanced process control (APC), are suited for ope...

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