This paper explains some important choices to be made when planning the installation, reconfiguration and uprating of electrical power systems in critical offshore oil and gas facilities.

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Power management systems (PMS) provide optimised solutions for control of electrical power generation systems including features such as load shedding, automatic synchronising, power and reactive power control.

Load management system (LMS), electrical network management and control system (ENMCS) and power distribution control system (PDCS) are terms frequently used for systems which may incorporate some aspects of power management system functionality.

This paper explains some important choices to be made when planning the installation, reconfiguration and uprating of electrical power systems in critical offshore oil and gas facilities.

The paper explains how project plans are made to maintain continuity of electric power supply, to reduce supply interruptions to an absolute minimum, thereby maintaining continuity of production and exploration. These objectives, along with maintenance of safety, remain of the highest priority throughout the planning and implementation of the installation and commissioning stages. Continue reading...