ABB has begun a pilot project with Equinor in Norway, at the Gina Krog platform in the North Sea. The project enables a digital transformation of monitoring of critical electrical systems on the platform, accelerating Equinor’s condition monitoring capabilities with a focus on improving safety, reducing operational costs, and increasing production efficiency.
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 a dedicated team will use the data to continuously improve condition monitoring technology and tools to be used by the firm’s Reliability Service team. 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 optimisation.
Per Erik Holsten, Head of Energy Industries for Northern Europe at ABB commented: “By collaborating with Equinor in this way, we will make sure that they have real time electrical equipment health visibility.”
As the pilot progresses, ABB will take over day-to-day condition monitoring operations for the critical electrical equipment, to be managed offsite by the Reliability Service team. This will be done in close co-operation with Gina Krog personnel and Equinor’s Integrated Operations Centre (IOC). ABB engineers will work inside Equinor’s ERP system, helping with generation of notifications.
Once onboarded, ABB and Equinor will jointly investigate the opportunity to apply the same approach for other relevant equipment.