The world's first unmanned central production platform is on schedule to make its appearance in 1993.
Ste. Nationale Elf Aquitaine, Paris, has spent $34.5 million to develop key elements in an unmanned central system. The program consisted of reliability studies of existing equipment and developing and testing of new equipment.
Work on the project, designated Platine, began in 1986. The goal was to reduce operating costs by extending the satellite platform concept for drilling and first stage production processing to a full scale central production center that would need inspection and maintenance visits only once or twice a year.