GE Oil & Gas and National Oilwell Varco are to collaborate on ‘comprehensive, data-led engineering solutions’ for floating production units that will ‘bring FPSOs into the digital age.’ The companies will deliver enhanced designs, technology and an industrialized supply chain that is expected to improve the economics of offshore development. Both parties are independently well down the road with cloud-based digital platforms. GE with Predix and NOV with MAX.
New digital solutions will optimize performance and provide predictive analytics through the life of the vessels, enabling FPSOs to efficiently adapt to a wider array of operating parameters. An ‘industrialized’ digital supply chain, global service and aftermarket capabilities will drive down the cost of offshore oilfield development. The packaged solutions will be available early in 2017.
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