ABB collaborates with Equinor on digital integration to improve operations at offshore assets

Companies join forces to implement digital and remote condition monitoring to the critical electrical systems of the Gina Krog platform.

Gina Krog (Image courtesy of Equinor | Credit: Ole Jørgen Bratland)
Gina Krog (Image courtesy of Equinor | Credit: Ole Jørgen Bratland)

ABB has begun a pilot project with Equinor in Norway, at the Gina Krog platform in the North Sea.

The project enables a digital transformation of monitoring of critical electrical systems on the platform, accelerating Equinor’s condition monitoring capabilities with a focus on improving safety, reducing operational costs, and increasing production efficiency.

Adopting a collaborative maintenance model enables Equinor to start the journey from today’s planned maintenance program towards prescriptive maintenance.

Data will be transferred from the platform’s power management system and electrical condition monitoring system to Equinor’s OMNIA Microsoft Azure cloud platform, using an onsite ABB EdgeInsight™ data pump.

From here live data will be securely streamed to ABB’s own Microsoft Azure cloud where a dedicated team will utilize the data to continuously improve condition monitoring technology and tools to be used by ABB’s Reliability Service team.

By streaming data directly to ABB, Equinor is securely transporting high-level information from assets that will deliver transparency on performance, better predictability, and process optimization.

Per Erik Holsten, Head of Energy Industries for Northern Europe at ABB commented: “By collaborating with Equinor in this way, we will make sure that they have real time electrical equipment health visibility. In addition, we are contributing to meeting reliability performance targets and reducing the cost of interruptions.”

As the pilot progresses, ABB will take over day-to-day condition monitoring operations for the critical electrical equipment, to be managed offsite by ABB’s Reliability Service team. This will be done in close co-operation with Gina Krog personnel and Equinor’s Integrated Operations Center (IOC). ABB engineers will work inside Equinor’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, helping with generation of notifications.

Vice President Operations Bernt E. Tysseland from Equinor said: “Through this project and collaboration we can utilize operations data in a much leaner and faster way. By allowing ABB’s experts to work digitally along-side Equinor personnel we can improve safety and reduce maintenance administration hours."

Once onboarded, ABB and Equinor will jointly investigate the opportunity to apply the same approach for other relevant equipment.

Holsten finished: “The COVID-19 pandemic, alongside the global drive towards more sustainable operations, has highlighted the importance of building resilience and enabling adaptability within operational models. Increasingly our customers are looking for the benefits that leaner, more autonomous onsite operations, supported by teams remotely, offsite can deliver.”

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our #1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team, and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

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