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MSi's Engineering Simulator and Operator Training System Installed for Shell Perdido Project

Wood Group Wood Group's Multiphase Solutions Inc. (MSi) has completed integration and deployment of its subsea simulation system, which is being used by Shell engineers to model operation of the Perdido project in the Gulf of Mexico. MSi, a Wood Group technical consulting services and software systems business, developed the Transient Engineering Simulator (TES) system, a stand-alone subsea system simulator, and interfaced its physics into the Perdido Operator Training Simulator, which simulates the complete project.

Because the new system is the only simulator available to Shell that integrates all infrastructure from reservoir sand-face up to the topsides arrival vessels, plus portions of the topsides processing, it is uniquely capable of simulating Perdido's first-of-its-kind subsea system, which features an innovative artificial lift system that utilizes subsea separation caissons with electric submersible pumps.

"TES is being utilized by Shell engineers to address the unique operational challenges posed by this innovative new subsea system design, as well as to provide operator training," stated Michael Mai, president of Multiphase Solutions, Inc. "MSi is uniquely positioned to deliver dynamic simulation systems for complex field infrastructure such as Perdido's that maintain the fast run-time speeds critical for engineering and operator training."

Shell Offshore Inc. operates Perdido on behalf of its joint venture partners Chevron U.S.A., Inc. and BP Exploration and Production, Inc.

Wood Group (John Wood Group PLC) is an international energy services company with approximately $5.0bn sales, employing 28,000 people worldwide and operating in 50 countries. The Group has three businesses - Engineering & Production Facilities, Well Support, and Gas Turbine Services - providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide.

Multiphase Solutions, Inc. provides services and software applications for use in the design, operation and optimization of oil and gas pipelines and production facilities. MSi's services address a broad range of flow assurance and production design and operations problems, including design and operations support through state-of-the-art transient multiphase pipeline simulation, computational fluid and process dynamics analysis, thermodynamics modeling, finite element modeling and field-testing capabilities. MSi's asset and pipeline management software systems provide real-time, on-line monitoring, control, optimization and operator trainer capabilities for single- and multiphase pipeline operations, including production, gathering, transmission and distribution systems.

Published 10/02/2010

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