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Remote Operation and Services for Oil Production in the Arctic Circle

World’s largest FPSO vessel ever built needs to meet the high standards linked to on-site safety and a healthy working environment adapted to the climatic conditions in the Barents Sea

  • ABB
    ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. Their solutions improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of their customers’ operations while minimizing environmental impact.
  • Energy
  • Maintenance
  • Goliat FPSO, ENI Norge AS

  • • Technicians can manage and monitor the Goliat on the platform itself, and also from onshore operation centre. Besides usual data links, the platform is able to connect with vessels within a range of 10 km. • WiMon system monitors the condition of rotating equipment on board - an example of a reasonable size wireless mesh network (conventionally, this would mean having an operator with a handheld tester reporting to the control room the vibration measurements) • ABB services for IT, security and network infrastructure, information management, condition monitoring, operational performance monitoring and flow assurance solutions

  • Data Security, Energy Consumption Rate, Operation Performance, Production Efficiency
  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Productivity]
    Optimized production efficiency and decreased energy consumption through integrated automation, electrification and telecom solutions
    Impact #2
    Impact #3
  • Process Control & Optimization
    Process control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
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