Without access to a single portal, some operators have told us that their Decommissioning Teams were working in a disparate way making for inefficiencies and increased cost.
Savings from a circular economy would be increased using a single portal. Opportunities for re-sale, re-use, recycling or refurbishment would increase through a strong link to operators, the renewables market and other sources of demand in the industry and beyond.
Data and Information
People make decisions on having the right data and information. Unlocking that data through visualisation is a time saving tool.
Comparative assessments, particularly for Subsea and Subsurface work can be made utilising the digital copy. All the attributes needed to develop comparative assessments will be there.
The portal will create intricate and accurate models and data sets, resulting in a more competitive tendering process, making opportunities available to more suppliers.
The supply chain can plan for strategic targets.
North Sea Bay
From facilities to spares, the potential for re-use in the North Sea basin is enormous. Being able to first identify then manage the sale of such infrastructure all in the same portal would be a huge advantage.
Click on a facility and see what is available, or simply search for what you need.
Knowledge is key
Having the support of the Operations teams through late life is critical. Early planning is needed around flushing, cleaning, isolation and removal.
Having that knowledge base together with the tools in the digital copy is the key to success.
Forward Planning for the Industry
Other areas of saving or increased value come from forward planning for the UK industry as a whole. The Digital North Sea would show an advanced timeline of all current decommissioning plans and allow triaging of shipyard capacity, and logistics, ensuring we optimise domestic yards before tendering to more expensive options, further afield. We must avoid a bottle neck.
The Digital North Sea will provide a clear visual for the assets in the basin along with all the relevant data. It will provide Industry and Government with all the factual information required for both late life and to decommission facilities efficiently.
Examples of Cost and Time Saving and Risk Reduction
Operators spend up to 30% of their time looking for information and documentation. Having that information to hand in one click is immeasurable.
Post COP the maintenance regime changes. The operator can then plan his late life scope utilising the digital copy, rendering SAP / Maximo obsolete.
The digital copy will autogenerate scopes of work for late life and decommissioning based on standard procedures and certification.
Knowing the detail around your facility, its criticality, status and condition will give you the exposure to risk, i.e. an operating class critical piece of kit in poor condition = high risk. This tells us to repair/replace and reduce the risk. This can be aggregated up to facility level which would be able to tell us any potential risk of operating longer (if the resources are there).
The Digital North Sea will allow us to plan for removal based on the capacity available in UK decom yards.
This project addresses a number of important challenges currently faced by the Oil & Gas / Energy sector:
- Developing a means of sharing data concerning different phases of a project’s lifecycle with other project stakeholders
- Being able to query and update operational data of an installation’s assets (e.g. maintenance history, replacements, modifications, etc) stored on a variety of databases and software tools
- Providing optimised maintenance and decommissioning programs
- Producing visualisation interfaces at the facility (Digital Copy) and portfolio level (GIS) which enables the client to evaluate options regarding re-use / re-purpose / scrap options with potential purchasers of decommissioned assets.
Technology Readiness Level
There is currently a rudimentary system in place with our partners, Premier Oil, on their Balmoral and Huntingdon facilities. A digital copy has been created through data collation, photogrammetry and 3D modelling, including all Subsea and Subsurface infrastructure.
The Cloud based digital copy can be accessed by persons offshore and from Premier HQ in London and Aberdeen.
It gives access to current visuals and data and has been of benefit in planning for decommissioning and the potential re-sale and re-use of the Balmoral FPV. The broker has been able to attract more interest across more sectors, and the short-listed potential recycle yards have been given access to the digital copy to walk through.
The Technology needs further development to get to a level that can support all stakeholders.