Efficiency, Paramount cost savings and much improved Safety of offshore oil and gas production
Apart from the sacred issue of safety of people and assets in offshore operations, one of the most challenging aspects is the very complex logistics issue of having the right personnel, equipment and information available in the field when required. The People On Board (POB) situation is usually maximized, and in fact many tasks that should be performed with priority have to wait, often for months and years. This is a less than optimal situation, and much of the logistics effort is wasted on return trips of people and materials. Many believe that constant POB overbooking is inevitable.
In cases where there are unexpected events which require immediate attention, people and equipment onboard the platforms have to be returned to shore, and replaced with skills and equipment in order to resolve the issue at hand. Such events are common due to the sheer complexity of the operations. Many believe that this is the only way to deal with the situations that occur, even if the cost is high.
But, what if many of the standard offshore crew and skills that are needed for occurring unexpected situations did not have to be on the platform? This is where Integrated Operations (IO) alleviate and smooth out operational situations, both with regards to the base load and sudden occurrences. IO the process of operating offshore assets from land, using very secure means of communication to operate remote assets with very well trained people using intrinsically safe methods and equipment. IO processes means to bring some operators and as many specialists onshore as practicable. However, to dispel a common misconception, most remote operated offshore assets still have a number of people onboard to secure safe operation. Only some very small platforms are entirely unmanned for the majority of the time. IO works very well if established properly as a joint operation between offshore and onshore operating teams.
When Facilium started discussions with the oil industry about IO, the perception was decidedly different from today, 14 years later. Then the perception was a big black hole of uncertainty about safety, security cost and the main argument against was generally that ‘this is not how we did it before’. Today the situation is completely different, and companies like Statoil, BP, Shell and others have developed most of the issues we discuss in this web page.
Facilium has a method for development of IO on existing and new platforms, which build on a) safe procedures and b) more effective = less cost of operation. Facilium was involved in remote operated platforms already in 1979 in the middle east, but with less advanced control means. New control means make IO ideal for platform operation.
Our mission statement with regards to IO
“Facilitate remote operations, with focus on safety, and in that process create values with highly innovative technical-, operational- and business solutions”
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