Skarv And Valhall Re-development A Journey To The Second Generation Of Digital Oilfields

Larsen, Eldar (BP Norge AS) | Hocking, Paul John (BP Norge AS)


BP in Norway has been in the forefront of developing intelligent energy solutions since 1999 with the installation of their first fiber optical communications link to the Valhall and Ula fields in the North Sea. Throughout the past decade BP Norway has built up considerable experience with Field of the Future Technology ranging from the first advanced collaboration environments for both drilling and operations, the worlds first "Life of Field Seismic?? array on the Valhall field as well as advanced remote monitoring tools .

In 2005 it was decided to go ahead with two major projects, one a new field center for the Valhall field and the second a green field development for the Skarv field based on an FPSO. This presented a fantastic opportunity to build on BP Norway's existing experience and create two truly second generation fields of the future. This paper will examine how this was achieved and how the project teams and contractors were engaged via a set of automation and remote performance blue prints to deliver this achievement.

As these fields are commissioned and come on stream they will present a major change in maintenance and operational mind set for the onshore support organization in adopting the extensive remote monitoring and optimization tools that are available to them. New advanced collaborative environments have been provided not only at the main office but also at the new support base and offshore. The Valhall design also includes on onshore control room with full remote control capability.

Clearly these two fields represent a sustainable approach to Intelligent Energy - a world leading example of delivering value retrofitting digital oilfield capabilities to existing assets, then incorporating all the experience and learning into a second phase of greenfield projects.

1. Introduction
The Norwegian Sector of the North Sea is a mature province where BP Norge, on behalf of its partners, operates three field centers; the Valhall hub, consisting of the Valhall and Hod fields (Partner: Hess Norge AS), the Ula hub, consisting of the Ula and Tambar field (Partner Dong Norge AS) and lastly BP Norge's new Skarv field (Partners Statoil ASA, E. ON Ruhrgas Norge AS and PGNiG Norway AS). BP Norway's main offices and support organization are located in Stavanger on the south west coast of Norway, with a new support base for the Skarv operations in Sandnessjøen in Mid Norway.

In this paper the authors will examine how BP Norge have progressed their Intelligent Energy solutions, known internally as the Field of the Future concept, through the last 12 years achieving a high degree of sustainability. The authors will briefly describe the establishment of BP's first fiber optical communications link to a major offshore installation in 1999 and the adoption of advanced collaborative environments (ACE) and remote performance and condition monitoring technology in the existing brownfield facilities. They will then go on to describe how BP Norge has managed to integrate these concepts into two new major projects, namely, a new production and accommodation platform for Valhall and a new FPSO Vessel for the new Skarv field. The authors will examine how initial lack of experience of how to build and incorporate these technologies was overcome. The authors will also examine the organizational challenges involved in the introduction of such large scale use of these " concepts, even within an organizational unit relatively familiar with this type of technology on their brownfield installations albeit at a smaller scale.

  Country: Europe > Norway (1.00)
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