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Published Apr 17, 2012 04:15:04 PM +2 GMT

Metso’s intelligent stainless steel controllers chosen for Norwegian Goliat FPSO project

Online condition monitoring provides accurate and timely information concerning valve performance ensuring maximum safety at extreme sea conditions.

Metso has won an order from Eni Norge and Statoil to supply latest generation stainless steel valve controllers to the Norwegian Goliat Floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) plant in the Barents Sea.

Goliat is the first FPSO plant in the world with all automated valves equipped with Metso’s full range of stainless steel valve controllers.

Metso’s intelligent controllers will equip all pneumatic actuated control, on/off and ESD valves of the plant and will help Eni Norge to monitor and report valve performance for asset management purposes. With all valves related information available, predictive maintenance is possible thus resulting in improved safety and minimizing operational and maintenance costs of the valves.

Metso automation’s stainless steel controllers offering was selected because of its high reliability and its interoperability allowing seamless integration with control and safety systems for a better and constant monitoring of the whole valve network. This constant valve-condition monitoring makes possible the transfer of maintenance work analysis to an onshore location leading to the elimination of all unnecessary onsite maintenance work.

Goliat is one of the largest industrial projects ever in the High North and the first oil field to be developed in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.

Metso’s delivery to Goliat project will comprise more than 800 controllers.

Unique offering for upstream offshore industry

Metso has a unique and full range offering for control valves, critical and conventional on-off valves as well as ESD valves for upstream offshore industry.

Metso’s stainless steel valve controller offering for offshore customers includes Neles ValvGuard safety valve controller and Neles SwitchGuard intelligent on-off valve controller, intelligent valve controller Neles ND9300 for control valve applications and Neles Axiom, controller for standard on-off applications.

These products have already been selected for major projects like Total CLOV, Angola, Chouest in the USA, and Golden Eagle, UK.

Experienced in valves

Metso is the leading valve solutions and services provider. Metso’s Flow Control solutions include control valves, automated on/off and emergency shut-down valves, as well as smart positioners and condition monitoring. Metso’s world-leading brands include Neles, Jamesbury and Mapag.

Due to Metso’s strong position in advanced valves technology, services are a major part of the offering. Several of our service centers are located close to major offshore production facilities in order to support our customers. For valve customers, Metso already has 31 service centers around the globe, and a new supply and service will be opened in India this spring.

Eni Norge AS is part of Eni, a major Italian integrated energy company that has 80 000 employees in 79 countries. Eni Norge’s core activities are oil and gas exploration, discovery and production. Eni Norge AS acts as operator (65%) of the Goliat FPSO plant together with Statoil Petroleum AS (35%).

Metso is a global supplier of technology and services to customers in the process industries, including mining, construction, pulp and paper, power, and oil and gas. Our 30,000 professionals based in over 50 countries deliver sustainability and profitability to customers worldwide. Expect results.

The Automation segment’s process automation and flow control solutions meet the growing needs of Metso’s customer industries to improve production process efficiency as raw materials and energy sources become scarcer and their costs increase. Our global network of service experts delivers business solutions to our customers that improve their productivity, lower risks and optimize costs. www.metso.com, www.twitter.com/metsoautomation

For further information, please contact:

Juha Kivelä, Product Manager, Valve Controls, Metso Automation Inc.
Tel. +358 20 483 150

Niklas Lindfors, Product Manager, Valve Controls, Metso Automation Inc,
Tel: + 358 20 483 150