Bilfinger IAS is replacing Local Control Panels and Emergency Shutdown Systems (ESD) on behalf of British Pipeline Agency Limited

July 13, 2017

Bilfinger Industrial Automation Services (IAS) Ltd is working on the replacement and modification of four local control panels and eight emergency shutdown (ESD) systems on behalf of British Pipeline Agency Limited (BPA). BPA is UK’s leading provider of engineering and operational services to the onshore oil and gas pipeline sector. It is responsible for the distribution of fuel through UK’s pipelines, from major refineries to major UK airports and road fuel terminals. 

Bilfinger is involved in the replacement and modifications of control systems in the Greater London area, where aviation fuel, diesel and petrol are transported to the major airports. It will include the replacement and installation of four Local Control Panels which are to be modified to interface with overall Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), developed by a third party, for enhanced cyber security and physical features. 

Bilfinger is also replacing eight Emergency Shutdown Systems (ESD). These replacements are necessary to increase the reliability of the control systems and to comply with the latest site safety requirements.  

Keith Hunt, Project Manager said: “Safety and integrity are clearly important for BPA. As a tried and trusted provider of control panels to sites of COMAH status, safety for us always comes first. Bilfinger will also maintain the ESD system through a service based contract, providing engineering support and training for full integration of the modified systems.”

Steve Taylor, Head of Projects added: “Pipelines operated by BPA are one of the most efficient ways of transporting fuels within the UK. As a systems integrator, we work with the oil and gas industry to maintain both safety and efficiency to the highest standard. We are pleased to be able to provide safety control measures to a significant UK oil and gas pipeline operator. ”

The contract was awarded in June 2016 and is expected to complete in Feb 2018.