Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd (AGSL), which specialises in protecting companies’ process critical software assets, announced that it has secured a deal with an oil and gas supermajor in Perth, Western Australia.
The contract is the third to be awarded to AGSL in Australia during the last two years. This latest contract requires AGSL to provide Asset Guardian, a process software management toolset that protects the integrity of process control software used to operate key oil and gas assets.
In 2012, Woodside Energy implemented Asset Guardian to protect the process control software used to operate the company’s production facilities. The following year, INPEX purchased Asset Guardian for its Ichthys LNG Project, a US$34 billion development that aims to develop the gas and condensate field in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia.
Initially, Asset Guardian software will be used during the commissioning phase of a new LNG development that is nearing completion off the northwest coast of Australia. The specialist software will manage process software configuration changes and all control system hardware associated with the project. It will also provide the plant operator with a secure repository to store software files and associated data.
Customised solution = a perfect fit
A standard feature of Asset Guardian software is the ease with which it can be customised to meet the customer’s exact requirements. As a result, the customer benefits from a software-based solution, tailored to suit their specific needs.
Once the project construction phase is completed, the company will continue to use Asset Guardian centralised software repository to store process control software to ensure that backups are always readily available, especially in the event of a software-related production system failure. With the Asset Guardian toolset in place, the operator will be able to resume production quickly, minimising the negative financial impact of any production downtime.
Providing reliable communications in cyclone-prone regions
The reliability of communication links between onshore and offshore locations cannot always be guaranteed. Because the development is located in the heart of one of Australia's most cyclone-prone regions, communications with the offshore facilities can be unreliable. To ensure that the integrity of all software and data files managed by Asset Guardian is maintained when communication links are disrupted, AGSL is also supplying AGSync software. This specialist software continues to operate during periods of disrupted communication, and seamlessly synchronises software and data files across multiple locations when links are restored.
Quality training holds key to maximising return on investment
Quality training is an essential part of the process. It gives users the confidence and the skills to use the Asset Guardian toolset effectively, maximising the return on the company’s investment. AGSL is providing comprehensive classroom-based training at the company’s offices in Perth.
“We are delighted that our third major contract in Australia has been awarded by one of the world’s largest global operators. It is extremely satisfying that they have committed to using Asset Guardian for this prestigious development. Without a doubt, they are being very forward-thinking, not only in their approach to better managing their process control software, but in taking every precaution to protect the software that will be used to operate this major development,” said Sam Mackay, Chief Executive of AGSL.
Adapted from press release by Hannah Priestley-Eaton