AUTOMATED safety systems are relied on by the oil and gas sector, but HIMA project director Dieter Specht said the group’s scope on INPEX’s Ichthys LNG project is more than just safety systems.

“We have worked for several years to synchronise all the steps necessary to ensure safe operations and a successful start-up,” he said.

“In the process, we’ve functioned on a tight time schedule with multiple companies across national borders and cultural differences.”

Having won the ccontract to provide safety instrumented systems and the fire and gas system for the INPEX-operated Ichthys project late last year, this type of coordination is essential, HIMA said.

HIMA offices in Singapore, China, South Korea, Dubai, Australia, and Germany have collaborated in response to the needs of the Ichthys project, according to the group.

Project management is coordinated from Bruehl, Germany, while most work with fellow project suppliers takes place in Singapore.

This is also where function tests were conducted on more than 1,200 cabinets supplied by the basic process control system (BPCS) supplier, HIMA and project partners.

At Ichthys, HIMA is working closely with the project’s three engineering procurement contractors and the BPCS supplier.

All five companies examined the details of 25,000 safety I/Os at one time, HIMA said.

This collaborative effort brought forward additional requirements that typically would have been identified during commissioning, and the up-front work helped to minimise subsequent plan corrections and time delays.

HIMA applies the principles of IEC 61511 in designing and testing the systems.

“We have the expertise and project coordination skills that are valued by operators of all sizes of energy projects,” Mr Specht said.

Along with safety instrumented systems (SIS), fire and gas (F&G) systems and high-integrity pressure protection systems (HIPPS), HIMA is providing 430 control cabinets and related connections.

A pre final investment decision (FID) project for developing standard applications, design and testing was supplied in advance to the main contract.

Cybersecurity and network management for associated hardware and components such as smoke detectors in employee living accommodations are part of the scope, HIMA said.

Since the award of the project, Ichthys consortium partner Total awarded two additional floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) projects to HIMA, where the company was selected to provide safety applications.

Scheduled for start-up in late 2017, the Ichthys project is forecast to produce 8.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas yearly.