Smart Machines & Factories
Digital integration collaboration to improve operations at North Sea platform
Published:  27 May, 2021

A pilot project that will enable a digital transformation of monitoring of critical electrical systems at the Gina Krog platform in the North Sea, has begun through the collaboration between ABB and Equinor.

The project will accelerate 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 programme 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.

Live data will then be securely streamed to ABB’s own Microsoft Azure cloud where a dedicated team will use 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 optimisation.

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 utilise operations data in a much leaner and faster way. By allowing ABB’s experts to work digitally alongside 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 concluded: “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.”