ABB cloud-technology for condition-based maintenance helps boosting sustainability at Edvard Grieg

  • Advanced remote monitoring and analysis of electrical equipment helps to increase uptime and reduce maintenance costs for the offshore facility
  • Cloud-based solution provides instant access to user-friendly information and decision support both offshore and onshore
  • Solution helps to reduce helicopter travel and offshore stays
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) supports continuous improvements in functionality
ABB cloud-technology for condition-based maintenance helps boosting sustainability at Edvard Grieg (Image: Lundin Energy Norway).
ABB cloud-technology for condition-based maintenance helps boosting sustainability at Edvard Grieg (Image: Lundin Energy Norway).

Lundin is operator of Edvard Grieg. ABB provided complete electrical equipment for reliable operation of the platform when it started production in 2015. Since its inception, ABB has provided condition-based remote monitoring of the equipment. The information has, among other things, been used for maintenance planning by Lundin's experts at the company's operations center in Lysaker outside Oslo.

“Digitalization is about continuous improvements For Lundin. We use new technology to meet new challenges and to process and utilize the ever-increasing amounts of data,” says Ian Gore, Electrical Technical Manager for Edvard Grieg in Lundin Energy Norway. “We are leading the way with digitalization on the Norwegian shelf. Through smart use and extensive data sharing, we cut emissions and strengthen both the company's and the entire industry's competitiveness.”

Improving performance

ABB has upgraded the condition monitoring of the electrical equipment with even better performance, expanded functionality and increased user-friendliness. Status information from the electrical equipment is streamed via Edge technology on the platform to a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service solution at ABB.

“Lundin has previously expressed great value from the original condition monitoring. The new solution boosts online maintenance monitoring and analysis to new heights and will help Lundin perform operation and maintenance of Edvard Grieg in an even better way,” says Tor Ove Lussand, Manager, ABB Energy Industries in Norway.

Increased sustainability

Relevant information about the condition of the electrical equipment on the platform is visualized on dashboards in real-time. Focus is status and condition monitoring. The service includes notification of upcoming maintenance needs with structured proposals for actions based on best practice. ABB's experts have easy access to the information and can thus contribute to the decision-making process when needed.

“To summarize, the service contributes to increased sustainability through reduced maintenance costs, increased uptime for the equipment and fewer and shorter offshore trips,” Lussand explains.

The condition monitoring covers the following, but not limited to, 110 kV and 11 kV high-voltage switchgears, 690 V low-voltage switchgears, and transformers. The latter features monitoring of vital parameters while the switchgears are monitored for over-heating, circuit breakers and contactor wear and tear, burnt contacts, earth faults and more. ABB presents alerts and status in monthly reports. Software-as-a-Service enables smooth expansion of functionality when and if new requirements occur.

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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