HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GDF SUEZ E&P UK, a growing competitor in the United Kingdom North Sea oil and gas production sector, has recently adopted the full Intergraph®SmartPlant® Enterprise engineering suite, including SmartMarine® 3D. The information management, plant operations, electrical, instrumentation, and 3D design solutions will be used in operations on the Cygnus gas field, a major GDF SUEZ E&P development project, which sanction is targeted mid-2012. The Cygnus gas field is situated over U.K. Continental Shelf blocks 44/12a and 44/11a. The appraisal drilling performed since 2006 has proven the Cygnus field to be one of the most significant gas discoveries in the Southern North Sea in the last 30 years.
GDF SUEZ E&P UK identified the requirement for an integrated enterprise engineering solution to initially support operations and maintenance, but with the future capability for supporting the design and construction phases on future projects. Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise solution suite aligns with this vision. The solution will provide GDF SUEZ E&P UK with a fully integrated engineering information management system for engineering and operations. The deal comprises the full Intergraph suite, including SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators (SPO) Core/Project Execution/Operating Plant solutions, Validation, Transformation and Loading (VTL), SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant Electrical, SmartPlant P&ID, SmartMarine 3D and SmartPlant Construction to assist the work of design engineers, construction planners, operations and maintenance personnel.
"GDF SUEZ E&P UK recognizes the importance of information management and has selected Intergraph as the supplier for our engineering information management system for assets in the U.K. North Sea," said Derek Pullem, facilities engineering manager, GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd. "We anticipate the integrated design system will deliver benefits in safety, quality and productivity throughout the life of these assets."
The technology will enable the company to manage high quality deliverables, reduce costs in drawing generation, reduce project schedules and minimize the time spent securing correct and complete information.
Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, "The collaboration with GDF SUEZ E&P highlights the increasing importance companies place on innovation and technology development from early in the project and on solutions aiming at the entire project life cycle. This partnership reinforces Intergraph's strong position in the U.K. offshore sector and the growing adoption of our SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators and SmartMarine 3D solutions worldwide."
Plant owners such as GDF SUEZ E&P increasingly choose SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators to enable them to rapidly implement Intergraph's preconfigured business processes to support both capital and operational phases of the plant life cycle. SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators is specifically designed for asset owners with an integrated suite of design and data management solutions to enhance plant safety, reliability and interoperability, while ensuring information integrity across the owner operator system landscape.
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its "PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2015."
About GDF SUEZ E&P UK GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd is an increasingly significant player in oil and gas exploration and production in the UKCS with a substantial portfolio of assets in the Central and Southern North Sea, and West of Shetland. We are the operator of the Cygnus development, one of the most significant undeveloped gas fields in the North Sea and have more than 230 staff and contractors in offices in London and Aberdeen.
As part of the GDF SUEZ group, the world's largest utility company, we share a common vision and a commitment to excellence in energy. The GDF SUEZ group is actively involved in oil and gas exploration and production in 16 countries.
GDF SUEZ provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 218,350 people worldwide and achieved revenues of EUR84.5 billion in 2010. www.gdfsuez.com
About Intergraph Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph's industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company's software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction, operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially powered solutions, including ERDAS technologies, to the public safety and security, defense and intelligence, government, transportation, photogrammetry, and utilities and communications industries. Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) is an independent subsidiary for SG&I's U.S. federal and classified business.