Brunei Shell Petroleum taps Emerson for wireless instrumentation training to advance technology adoption

Following successful field trials and proven performance globally, BSP is expanding the use of Smart Wireless technology to achieve engineering and installation cost savings

Brunei (December 18, 2012) – Emerson Process Management conducted a wireless instrumentation training event for Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) as a key next step to broaden and standardize the adoption of wireless automation technology within BSP. The training took place on 29th and 30th November at the Brunei Shell Asia Pacific Learning Hub in Seria.

The comprehensive wireless instrumentation training developed the knowledge and skills of BSP engineers and design contractors, enabling them to design and implement the new technology while achieving significant cost and time savings compared to conventional wired instruments. The training followed a recent agreement by Emerson and their local business partner Aisha Automation with BSP for the supply of control systems and field instruments to BSP, leveraging the global Shell-Emerson Enterprise Framework Agreements (EFA).

The training was part of Emerson’s and Aisha Automation’s ongoing efforts to support the Brunei government’s initiative to transfer technical knowledge and skills to the local engineering workforce. Lecturers and students from the Institute of Technology Brunei and Jefri Bolkiah College of Engineering, as well as representatives from the Department of Technical Education Brunei, participated in the event. The training facilitated adoption of further new technologies by BSP and the local control and automation community, as well as enhanced local business development.

“We are stepping up wireless adoption following our successful trial installations and the broad global adoption of Emerson’s Smart Wireless,” commented Dr Yong Chin Hieng, Head of Control & Automation at BSP. “Our BSP wireless instrumentation trials began about five years ago with successful installations at the Brunei Shell Asia Pacific Learning Hub in Seria and at the Rasau Production Station. Currently, wireless instrumentations are being deployed for monitoring of onshore and offshore oil and gas wells."

“Globally, more than one billion total hours of Smart Wireless operations have been clocked across 10,000 systems in more than 120 countries,” reported Sabee Mitra, president of Emerson Process Management Asia-Pacific.  “Many companies began their use of wireless with small starter systems, but today are expanding to site-wide solutions. Our Smart Wireless technology has proven its reliability, cost savings and ability to significantly reduce installation time.”

“We believe that wireless technology can streamline our access to critical process control and monitoring data, as well as to data that was previously out of reach physically or simply cost too much to acquire,” concluded Dr Yong.  “This wireless enabled data will help sustain improvements in safety, environmental and business performance.”

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