Honeywell has announced it will provide a security platform to a MODEC-built FPSO to be used on Mexico’s Area 1 development, operated by Italian IOC Eni. The “integrated solutions platform” includes a radar video surveillance system that will alert the FPSO’s crew of any intruders and will help block any potential unauthorized access. Honeywell’s technology will also enable the vessel’s operators to automate certain emergency protocols to save valuable time if the FPSO was to be boarded by criminals.
In a press statement, the US multinational said that its project with MODEC, a worldwide operator and supplier of offshore platforms, demonstrated its commitment to ensuring the safety of client assets and personnel.
"This project is a great example of how our customers can protect critical assets in their offshore production facilities through Honeywell's technology and expertise. The FPSO project with MODEC demonstrates our broad product portfolio, proven integration capabilities, broad global presence and innovative project execution capabilities,” said Pramesh Maheshwari, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell Process Solutions' Automation and Project Solutions.
Tom Garbee, MV34 Project Manager at MODEC, said that "Honeywell offers a complete set of solutions designed to protect personnel and facilities, including an integrated safety and security platform developed specifically for the requirements of the oil and gas industry. As operating companies become increasingly dependent on critical production resources, such as FPSOs, efficient management of these resources and reducing risks to operators will become increasingly important.”
The FPSO will be used on Eni’s Area 1, some 10km off the coast of Tabasco, and will have a processing capacity of 90Mboe/d and a storage capacity of 700Mboe.
Eni became the first foreign operator to pump oil in Mexico’s offshore environment since the Energy Reform was passed when, on July 2 2019, the Mitzon field saw first oil. Mitzon is one of three fields in Area 1 – Amoca and Tecoalli being the others – and is set for further development over the next couple of years as Eni pushes ahead with planned works.
But security issues have given operators cause for concern in Mexico’s GOM, as attacks by pirates on vessels and platforms have become more common since 2017. As previously reported by Mexico Business News, there was a jump in successful and attempted attacks in 2017. The Mexican Navy has stepped up its surveillance in response.