Digital pilot project under way on Gina Krog

May 26, 2021
ABB has started a pilot project with Equinor at the Gina Krog platform in the Norwegian North Sea.

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

The project enables a digital transformation of monitoring 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 toward prescriptive maintenance, according to ABB.

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 Microsoft Azure cloud where its Reliability Service team will use the data to continuously improve condition monitoring technology and tools.

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, said: “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 electrical equipment, to be managed offsite by the company’s Reliability Service team. This will be done in close co-operation with Gina Krog personnel and Equinor’s Integrated Operations Center. ABB engineers will work inside Equinor’s Enterprise Resource Planning system, helping with generation of notifications.

Bernt E. Tysseland, vice president Operations at 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, the companies will jointly investigate the opportunity to apply the same approach for other relevant equipment.