North Sea Ivar Aasen platform controlled from Trondheim
Aker BP claims to have become the first company on the Norwegian continental shelf to operate a manned platform from an onshore control room.
LYSAKER, Norway – Aker BP claims to have become the first company on the Norwegian continental shelf to operate a manned platform from an onshore control room.
TheIvar Aasen platform in the North Sea is now run from the company’s offices in Trondheim.
Aker BP constructed two identical control rooms for the Ivar Aasen field development – one on the platform and one in Trondheim, but always planned to migrate management of the platform eventually to land.
However, other offshore staff will remain at the field complex.
The control room includes monitoring facilities, production, equipment, and supports activation of work permits and the arrival of vessels and helicopters within the 500-m (1,640-ft) zone surrounding the field center.
Aker BP believes this approach should lead to increased revenues as subsurface specialists onshore can be closer to the control room. And there is potential for cost reductions, the company added, through implementation of new digital solutions that change established working methods.