FOUNDATION Fieldbus Gives New Life to Aging Shell North Sea Platform

SHELL UK Exploration and Production (Shell Expro) has upgraded Brent Alpha, its first-generation, North Sea, oil and gas production platform operating since 1978, using Foundation Fieldbus. Control and safety shutdown systems were replaced with Yokogawa CENTUM CS 3000 and Prosafe-SLS. This converted the platform from onsite to remote management—its control room is unmanned and operated by Shell’s nearby Brent Bravo platform, which controls Alpha’s wells and transfer of hydrocarbon fluids.

Shell chose FOUNDATION Fieldbus for its ability to provide ongoing cost reductions and flexibility to accommodate future technology advances for still further savings.


Chuck Micallef