January 2007

Instrumentation/Process Control

Multivariable predictive control without step testing

Other benefits of this BP project included increased production and reduced energy consumption and emissions

Lawrence, D., Sims, M., BP Exploration Operating Comp., Ltd.; Rice, V., Sims, R., PAS Global

In 2004, BP made the strategic decision to implement advanced process controls on its central area terminal system (CATS) in Teesside, UK. CATS provides up to 20% of all the gas consumed in the UK. The terminal receives raw feed from the North Sea and converts it into various products for downstream. Clearly, the smooth and efficient operation of this facility is critical to a large customer base for BP in the UK. Considerable research and software development have occurred over the preceding decade to reduce the time and effort associated with step testing, required for the traditional MPC technologies. One of the themes of this article is step testing is not required to implement robust

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