TAQA picks AGSL’s toolset for North Sea assets

Abu Dhabi’s national energy company TAQA has awarded Asset Guardian Solutions, the UK-based process control software company, a contract to provide its software solutions for TAQA’s North Sea offshore assets.

TAQA, through its UK subsidiary, operates five platforms that produce from 13 fields spread across the Northern North Sea and the Central North Sea.

This contract will see Asset Guardian Solutions (AGSL) provide its Asset Guardian software management toolset to TAQA for use on its North Sea offshore assets.

AGSL explained that its toolset makes sure backups of new and modified software are securely stored and accessible from any location, making certain that effective version control is in place. According to AGSL, the system reduces associated downtime caused by a potential process system software failure.

As part of the project, AGSL is also helping TAQA to electronically migrate its existing process control software files and data into Asset Guardian.

Additionally, AGSL has said it is to deliver an online computer-based training (CBT) programme so that employees can learn to use the Asset Guardian toolset.

Sam Mackay, Chief Executive Officer of Asset Guardian Solutions, said: “We are proud to have been selected by TAQA to provide them with our method of securing and managing process control software assets. We look forward to working with them.”

TAQA is the operator of the Brent Pipeline which connects its operated Cormorant Alpha platform back to the BP-operated Sullom Voe Terminal. The Brent System Pipeline carries approximately 90,000 bpd of oil, or approximately 10% of the UK’s oil production.