Kongsberg Digital is to build a digital twin of Shell’s Nyhamna gas processing and export hub for Ormen Lange and other fields connected to the Polarled pipeline. Kongsberg will deploy its Kognifai ‘dynamic digital twin’ in a contract worth approx. 100 million NOK.
Petroleum Development Oman has commissioned a document management system from Hexagon. Hexagon’s SmartPlant Enterprise for owner operators will provide ‘smooth data and document handover and seamless, workflow-driven submissions and feedback for document and tag completeness.
Baker Hughes, C3.ai and Microsoft have announced an alliance to ‘accelerate the digital transformation of the energy industry’ with enterprise artificial intelligence solutions running in the Microsoft Azure cloud. The grouping received an endorsement from Shell Group CIO Jay Crotts who commented; ‘Shell supports the aim of this strategic alliance to improve efficiencies, increase safety, and reduce environmental impact through digital transformation. Baker Hughes is a long-standing partner in oilfield services and software development, and we use the C3.ai platform on Azure to accelerate digital transformation across our business, helping to improve overall operations’.
Shell’s New Energies unit is to leverage the Beacon Platform to develop ‘full-stack web applications’ using Beacon’s cloud-based developer platform and dependency graph technology.
Xpansiv, a BP-backed specialist of ‘responsible’ natural gas sourcing is to leverage remote sensing data from Bluefield to develop its encrypted digital representations of natural gas.
Data Gumbo has announced an implementation partnership with BBL Ventures and its Grid Innovation Ventures unit, both described as ‘business strategy and implementation consulting companies’.
Ecolog International and TST-Turbo Service & Trading are to partner on digitized and integrated life cycle solutions for rotating equipment in the hydrocarbons and energy industries.
Eni has chosen eDrilling’s well simulation digital twin and artificial intelligence technologies to support its drilling activities, from well planning and training up to operation real time follow up. eDrilling is also to supply its software solutions to Pertamina in a collaboration with partner Navita Origo, a real time monitoring specialist.
Emerson has signed a ‘multi-year, multi-million dollar’ agreement with Petrobras for managed hosting services in support of deepwater operations. The deal includes Emerson’s exploration and development software served through high-performance, remote desktops for office and field locations. Emerson is to provide and manage dedicated servers and associated hardware with remote data management, configuration and optimization.
Equinor, on behalf of the Njord licence, has awarding a wireless subsea drone contract to Saipem making Equinor ‘the first user of technology expected to be completed in 2020’. The ten year contract for the Hydrone R/W is valued at approx. €40 million.
Repsol has awarded Halliburton a multi-year agreement for the provision of a cloud-based master data management solution for exploration and production activities. Halliburton/Landmark’s DecisionSpace 365 Data Foundation will provide simultaneous access and management across ten global locations during the contract’s first year with additional locations to follow.
Halliburton also announced that Thailand’s PTTEP has selected the DecisionSpace 365 Digital Well Program application to automate its drilling, completions and engineering processes across the well lifecycle.
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company has selected Honeywell’s asset monitoring and predictive analytics solution for deployment across its upstream and downstream operations. The 10-year contract is claimed to be one of the largest predictive maintenance projects in the oil and gas industry and is part of ADNOC’s flagship Centralized Predictive Analytics and Diagnostics (CPAD) program. Honeywell’s Forge Asset Monitor and Predictive Analytics solutions will be deployed at ADNOC’s Panorama command center in its Abu Dhabi HQ. Panorama aggregates real-time information across ADNOC’s businesses and applies smart analytical models, AI and big data to generate operational insights. The addition of Honeywell’s solutions will enable the central monitoring of up to 2,500 critical rotating equipment items across the group.
Honeywell also announced a deal with Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) which has selected its Honeywell Process Solutions unit as the main automation contractor for its new Petrochemicals and Refinery Integration Al Zour Project (PRIZe). HPS will provide KIPIC with front-end engineering design and advanced process control technology for the complex.
Honeywell has also been awarded a contract to remotely support BP’s Trinidad Cassia compression platform with an integrated control and safety system (ICSS). Honeywell is the project’s main automation contractor. The solution will be based on Honeywell’s flagship control system, the Experion process knowledge system. Honeywell has served as MAC for all three BP offshore platforms in the Cassia Complex.
ExxonMobil’s ‘all-in-one’ loyalty and payment app, Exxon Mobil Rewards+ is hosted in the IBM public cloud. The app replaces the ExxonMobil Speedpass mobile payment app and was designed and developed in partnership with IBM iX.
IT Mation has been named an authorized Ignition distributor for France.
Quality assurance specialist Intertek has signed an agreement with China’s National Supervision and Inspection Center for Explosion Protection and Safety of Instrumentation (NEPSI) for the provision of assurance, testing, inspection and certification solutions (IECEx, ATEX, ECAS, ETL and CCC) for imports and exports to China.
Mesa Natural Gas Solutions and Crusoe Energy Systems are to target 50 megawatts of flare-to-computing projects within the next two years. Mesa’s ‘digital flare mitigation’ generators turn flare gas into electrical power for on-site usage by Crusoe’s data centers.
Propell and Stimline are to team on a ‘next generation’ well-site. Initial focus is for integrated completion and intervention operations through Stimline’s IDEX architecture, a digital twin of the well linking pumps, coiled tubing equipment with automated control systems and digital infrastructure.
Recon Technology unit Future Gas Station and Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance are to team on the digital transformation of gas stations in China’s Zhejiang province. The deal involves Ping An’s Auto Owner app and FGS’ DT Refuel app’s API. Auto Owner has over 80 million registered users.
RS Energy Group is to supply Shell Western E&P Inc. (SWEPI) with its ‘advanced intelligence, analytics and data science solutions’ for the Permian basin.
Shell has also teamed with SparkCognition via the Shell GameChanger program to apply artificial intelligence to well pore pressure prediction. SparkCognition recently raised some $100 million in a Series C funding round.
Siemens Digital Industries Software is expanding its cloud hosted portfolio to include Simcenter Amesim (simulation software for modeling and analysis of multidomain systems) and Simcenter 3D (environment for 3D Computer aided Engineering, CAE). A monthly subscription offers small and medium-sized enterprises a modular function library and a pay-per-use computer infrastructure.
Tenaris, a major manufacturer of tubular goods for the energy industry has deployed Siemens’ TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) engineering framework across its Texas plant. This bill of materials for the deal included 124 programmable logic controllers, 4,024 drives, 1,620 network nodes, 4,000 HMIs and 5,000 I/O modules. The plant is said to be the ‘largest and most comprehensively automated pipe manufacturing facility in the world’.
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Total are to trial a ‘world’s first’ automated seismic acquisition system. This project will trial Total’s METIS, multiphysics exploration technology integrated system over a 36 sq. km desert environment. The seismic sensors will be dropped by six autonomous aerial drones and later be retrieved by an unmanned ground vehicle.
Kasi Group (Malaysia) has ordered an LNG bunkering vessel simulator from Wärtsilä. The simulator will provide hands-on operator training. The project involves a TechSim LCHS network class simulator and five workstations, one for the instructor and four for the trainees. The number of LNG bunkering vessel simulators has risen from one in 2017 to nine by year end 2019. 30 more are forecast to be delivered during the coming five years.
Petrobras has ordered 24 Optimax deep-set safety valves from Weatherford International to be delivered over the next four years. The Optimax protects against catastrophic loss of well control by providing fail-safe closures at pressure up to 10,000 psi and depths of up to 12,000 ft.
Woodside Energy and IBM are to leverage current and emerging technologies like AI and quantum computing to realize the vision of an ‘intelligent plant’. The deal sees Woodside becoming a member of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, an industry/academia laboratory focused on advancing fundamental AI research. Woodside is also to join the IBM Q Network to use quantum computing to ‘conduct deep computational simulations across the value chain of Woodside’s business’. Five years ago, Woodside engaged with IBM Watson to implement cognitive solutions, ‘now used by 80% of the workforce’.
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