Yokogawa's Integrated Solutions Contribute to Safe and Steady Production at Gas Liquefaction Plant in Norway

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Executive Summary

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Skangass AS, Stavanger, Norway

Skangass AS, 100% owned by Lyse AS, was established in 2007 with the aim of building and operating medium-sized low carbon emission energy plants. The company recently completed construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant at Risavika in Sola municipality that produces 300,000 tons of LNG per annum. The plant receives natural gas from a field in the North Sea via a 50 km high pressure pipeline from Kårstø that was built by Lyse.

This plant has all the facilities necessary for every phase of the natural gas liquefaction process, including CO2 removal systems, a 30,000 m³ storage tank, a coil wound heat exchanger is used as main cryogenic heat exchanger, a Linde multi-refrigerant cascade process, and utilities for the generation of electricity and steam. To ensure safe and efficient operations at this new plant, Yokogawa Europe successfully installed an integrated plant process control system consisting of a CENTUM VP distributed control system (DCS), FAST/TOOLS supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA), ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system (SIS), and Omegaland operator training simulator (OTS). The plant has been running smoothly since becoming fully operational in 2010.

Plant process overview
Plant process overview

The Challenges and the Solutions

1. OTS for familiarization of liquefaction processes and operator training
Skangass needed to avoid any delays in getting this new plant fully operational, and key to that was having all plant personnel fully trained right from the start of operations. For the first time ever, and in a team effort with Skangass, Yokogawa configured a full stimulation type operator training simulator for a gas liquefaction plant, employing the same safety and automation system (SAS) as the actual plant, with fully identical operational functions. This high fidelity model of the natural gas liquefaction process behaves exactly like the actual plant and allows plant upsets and equipment malfunctions to be simulated in a stimulative training environment. This makes it possible for operators at Skangass to undergo repeat training for a full range of situations.

2. System integration optimizes total plant operation
Key to maintaining safe operations is for the operators to know in real time what is happening throughout the plant. This has been made possible through the complete integration by Yokogawa of the plant's CENTUM VP DCS, FAST/TOOLS SCADA system, and ProSafe-RS SIS with other systems such as the tank gauging system. At their control stations, operators can easily call up and view trend chart, plant overview, alarm summary, and operation guide graphics, giving them the right information at the right time on processes throughout the plant.

For example, operators can confirm on screen the status and operating sequence for the plant's two drier absorbers, which alternate on a 24 hour schedule, with one unit operating and the other regenerating. To guard against thermal shocks during startup or shutdown, they also are able to monitor temperatures in the coil-wound heat exchanger, whose operation is key to the natural gas liquefaction process and which has been carefully configured in the CENTUM VP system. In real time, operators can monitor at their terminals remote terminal data that has been transferred via a general packet radio system link to the Yokogawa FAST/TOOLS SCADA system in the main office, contributing to the overall efficiency of the Skangass facility and ensuring increased safety and stable production.

With this integrated system, a single operator per shift can control the entire plant from the central control room.

One operator per shift in the central control room
One operator per shift in the central control room

GC1000 for LNG analysis

GC1000 for LNG analysis
Yokogawa GC1000 gas chromatographs sample the LNG components and transfer their readings to the CENTUM DCS. With this data, operators are able to adjust production specifications to meet the requirements of the company's LNG storage terminal customers throughout Scandinavia.

ROTAMASS for coolant flow measurement
ROTAMASS for coolant flow measurement
A Yokogawa ROTAMASS Coriolis mass flowmeter is used to measure flow in the lines that supply coolant to the plant's refrigeration facility. Operators have come to depend on its high accuracy and stability for determining whether sufficient coolant is being provided.

 

Customer Satisfaction

Roy Kenneth Skar, Operation Team Leader, said, "Yokogawa has strong experience in LNG processes, and their engineers understand our process. The project execution was done by engineers from Skangass and Yokogawa. The OTS really helped us to know the process. We are very satisfied with Yokogawa's systems for our liquefaction plant. Though our liquefaction rate is still a small portion of total gas supply from the North Sea gas field, we are expanding this LNG business continuously to meet market demand. A constant and steady operation and plant availability are mandatory to expand our business."

Mr. Skar
Mr. Skar

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Related Products & Solutions

CENTUM VP

CENTUM VP는 다양한 산업의 안전하고 믿을 수 있는 최적의 플랜트 운용을 위한 통합 생산 제어 시스템입니다. HMI(Human Machine Interfaces), FCS(Field Control Stations), 제어 네트워크(Control Network)로 구성됩니다.

FAST/TOOLS

FAST(Flexible Advanced System Techniques) 프로젝트로 시작된 FAST/TOOLS는 포괄적인 완전 통합형 SCADA 애플리케이션 제품군입니다. 강력하고 유연한 FAST/TOOLS는 50포인트 단위공정에서 수천 마일이상 확장되는 수백만 포인트 규모의 offshore 생산 및 Pipeline 시스템에 이르는 설비를 제공합니다.

GC1000 Mark II

The ability to perform discrete separation and positive identification of components and measurement of the composition without interference is an advantage of the gas chromatograph. The process gas chromatograph is widely used in many industries.

안전 계장 시스템 ProSafe-RS (SIL3)

ProSafe-RS는 IEC 61508에 명시된 SIL3 (Safety Integrity Level)를 충족하기 위해 독일 인증 기관 (TÜV)에서 인증받은 안전 계장 시스템입니다. 대규모 통합 공정 자동화 프로젝트뿐만 아니라 독립 구성 솔루션에 이르기까지 2,400개 이상의 프로젝트를 수행하였습니다.

감시 제어 데이터 수집시스템 (SCADA System)

IoT와 호환되는 SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) 시스템은 전사적으로 자동화 및 모니터링을 최적화합니다.

분산 제어 시스템 (DCS)

Yokogawa는 프로세스 자동화를 위해서 중요한 운영 인프라를 제공합니다. 분산제어시스템(DCS)은 플랜트 또는 산업 공정의 자동화 된 제어 및 운영을 위한 플랫폼입니다. 10,000개 이상의 플랜트에서 고객의 생산 목표 달성하기 위해서 Yokogawa DCS가 적용되었습니다.

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