SAN DONATO MILANESE, ItalyandOSLO, Norway– Saipem and Siemens have signed a joint development agreement aimed at qualifying and promoting an open standard subsea control system for Saipem’s Subsea Bus architecture based on Siemens Subsea DigiGrid.
Siemens, through its Subsea entity, will support Saipem in realizing the Saipem Subsea Bus architecture, by adapting and further developing the Siemens Subsea DigiGrid digitalization, control, and communication portfolio into a customized subsea control system.
This system is one of the key enabling elements of Saipem’s technology platform for subsea processing systems, and, the companies said, it will be the first control system in the market promoting a modularized and standardized subsea system through open framework architecture.
The Saipem Subsea Bus is an extendable open framework platform of software and hardware components, including development and debugging tools, designed to ensure full support for and integration into all subsea applications.
The combined system will be capable of controlling an “All Electric” configuration, ideally suited for subsea fields with long distances between wells and host facility.
Saipem CEO Stefano Cao said: “This technology cooperation agreement with Siemens marks a further step for Saipem along the road to the development of Saipem’s subsea processing systems. The open framework architecture will facilitate the unlocking of the supply chain and the achievement of cost savings through an innovative technological approach.”
Frode Tobiassen, Siemens Subsea CEO, said: “In Saipem we have found a partner who is as passionate as Siemens about introducing open frameworkall-electric systems in order to facilitate flexible digitalization and automation solutions to the subsea industry.”
In addition, Saipem has signed a cooperation agreement with NTT DATA aimed at prototyping and implementing new solutions in Saipem yards and on its vessels.
The companies will collaborate in the application of technologies such as wearable devices, Internet of Things, cyber security, and virtual and augmented reality, with the aim of improving efficiency and developing new business opportunities.