North-east instrumentation and control firm wins Awilco Drilling contract

RCP is a control and instrumentation companyAn Aberdeen-based control and instrumentation firm has been awarded a six-figure contract to supply control systems to Awilco Drilling’s (AWDR) semi-submersible drilling unit, the WilPhoenix.

RCP has been supplying control and instrumentation equipment to the global oil and gas industry for more than a decade.   

The control system upgrade on the WilPhoenix will provide AWDR with enhanced operational capabilities, including a state of the art blowout preventer (BOP) control system with touchscreen HMIs, a BOP event-logger which accurately monitors the BOP performance, new BOP control panels, and a full HPHT system upgrade including a gate valve control system (GVCS).

Since AWDR’s inception, RCP has supplied and installed a wide variety of control systems to the drilling contractor. AWDR has procured supporting engineering services from RCP for these projects, with the latest control systems due to be delivered in Q4 2015.

Managing Director of RCP, Ben Knight, said: “RCP enjoy an excellent working relationship with Awilco Drilling and work closely with the WilPhoenix management team, who actively participate in the design process of the systems supplied. We have built a strong relationship with the drilling contractor through consistently providing a reliable and high quality service, using our team of in-house specialist engineers, PLC and software programmers.

 “All of our systems are designed to be easily upgraded and are therefore a far more cost effective option for our clients, particularly in this challenging market. The advanced technology that our team has installed on the WilPhoenix will serve well for the next decade and more and we are confident in winning similar contracts throughout 2015, both in the North Sea and internationally.”  

“The WilPhoenix is one of AWDR’s two enhanced pacesetter semi-submersibles and is equipped for drilling in water depths up to 1,200 ft.


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