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PDO Birba Changeover Site Activities

Project Description & Scope of Work


PDO decided to upgrade the old Birba Cluster and started with a FEED and Detailed Design done by Abalto with WPAI for PDO. From the FEED stage, the project entered in detail design phase and commissioning and Start-up where again Abalto was awarded the specialist role of System Integrator SI for the hot swap changeover and commissioning of the Automation, Control & Instrumentation for the Control and Safety Systems upgrade. Abalto deployed an experienced team of 12 engineers and technicians to the project to ensure all risks identified were mitigated to achieve a smooth Hot Swap Changeover from the old control system to the new one in a timely manner without any deferment.


Commissioning & Start-up project was awarded after execution of the Detail Design for the Birba Gathering Station (BGS) Control Systems and Safety Systems Upgrade.

  • Conduct Pre-Commissioning Checks
  • Conduct Loop Checks
  • Online Changeover using Method Statements
  • Functional Checks to Verify correct control and operation
  • De-Commission Old Systems and Instrument Loops
  • Pre-Commissioning
  • Commissioning
  • Online changeover
  • System integration
  • Old Yokogawa FastTools SCADA
  • Old Yokogawa Stardom FCS
  • Old Yokogawa ProSafe IPS
  • Old Honeywell DCS
  • Old Relay Control Panels
  • New Emerson DeltaV DCS
  • New HIMA IPS

Project Details

Contract No. C265
Industry Oil & Gas
Client Petroleum Development Oman
Consultant or EPC Worley Parsons Oman
Country Oman
Primary Service Commissioning & Start-up
Secondary Service None
Start Date May 2018
Person Hours 13,250
Status Completed