Facilities Management

Count of technologies (Operators plans, total 884)

The Facilities Management category accommodates the greatest number of operator reported technologies, accounting for over a quarter of the total number of solutions reported. When combined with Reservoir and Well Management, technology focussed on supporting operations activity accounts for 45% of the total technologies reported.

Facilities management (250)

Facilities Management submissions were analysed under four sub-categories:

Technology Sub-Categories
6.1 Equipment monitoring and reliability
6.2 Integrity monitoring and inspections
6.3 Facility integrity repairs
6.4 Maintenance & Operations

Operators are focussed on technology to support Maintenance & Operations activity which accounts for over 50% of reported technologies. Integrity Monitoring & Inspections technology also maintains its role as a prominent sub-category accounting for nearly a third of the operators submissions in this category.

Widespread introduction of digital technologies is reported including the following applications:

  • Productivity enhancement, visualisation and interfacing technologies
  • Improving accuracy of emissions reporting from combustion and flaring
  • Autonomous fabric maintenance robotics using AI and ML
  • AUV/Drones flown remotely from onshore to monitor offshore installation emission

In contrast to the high number of technologies associated with Facilities Management, operator spend is consistently among the lowest.  Compared to subsurface and wells activities this reflects the relatively low investment required to support significant technology deployment to meet operational efficiency and environmental challenges.

 



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Technology maturity (Operators plans)

Operators follow the pattern seen in several other categories by relying on Existing Technology to meet over half of their technical solutions. Technology under development and at Early Commercialisation stage also make a significant contribution, altogether accounting for a third of reported solutions.

There appears to be a consistent distribution pattern for technology maturity among the categories associated with the operations phase of the asset lifecycle – Installations & Topsides, Reservoir and Well Management and Facilities Management:

  • Existing Technology 53 – 55 %
  • Early Commercialisation 11 – 16 %
  • Late Development/Pilot 9 – 10 %
  • Early Development 6 – 8 %
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Technology delivery (Operators plans)

Consistent with the dominance of existing technology, operators are reliant on the supply chain for technology solutions with 64% of reported technologies coming directly from vendors and a further 14 % delivered via Supplier Partnerships between operators and vendors.

Collaboration through participation in Net Zero Technology Centre Technology programmes has maintained an important role in contributing to technology development in this category. This includes the largest number of Net Zero Technology Centre supported projects (15) including the following; smart coatings, Focused Stress Concentration Tomography for CUI, digital platforms, Inspection data analytics, wearables in the workplace, robot crawlers for plant inspection


Technology Sub-Categories

Equipment Monitoring & Reliability

Operators focus around Equipment Monitoring and Reliability increasingly involves digital technology with examples including predictive condition monitoring using AI and Machine Learning for rotating machinery using streaming data.  Digital technology applications also contributes to improving environmental performance with Predictive Emission Monitoring utilising data from process operations to predict flare efficiency. Operator attention on the environmental impact of plant and equipment performance also extends to use of drones to remotely measure flare efficiency by detecting unburnt hydrocarbon contributing to Methane emissions using sensor technology developed for NASA.

 

Number of technologies by operator

Technology maturity​

14 - Existing Technology (54%)
9 - Early Commercialisation (35%)
3 - Late Development/Pilot (12%)

Application Exemplars​

Existing Technologies:
  • CoAbis Interface for Maximo to assist with managing/reporting on integrity workscopes (Repsol Sinopec Resources)
  • PEMS (Predictive Emission Monitoring) + Streamlined reporting to improve accuracy of emissions reporting from combustion and Flaring (Chrysaor)
Emerging Technologies:
  • FlyLogixs - unburnt hydrocarbons/methane monitoring using drone technology Drone/AUV flown remotely from Onshore to offshore installations, improving safety, reducing risk, reduces OPEX (Chrysaor)
  • Online CBM (Spotlight) – Rotating Equipment Condition Based Monitoring & predictive faults analysis (Repsol Sinopec)

Integrity Monitoring and Inspections

With Integrity Monitoring and Inspections, operators are focused on Multiple new technologies for Non Intrusive inspection using Focussed Stress Corrosion Tomography, Neutron Backscatter, Passive TerraHertz, Pulsed X-Ray and Distributed Fibre Optic monitoring technologies for remote tank inspections.

 

Number of technologies by operator



Technology maturity​

34 - Existing Technology (45%)
17 - Late Development/Pilot ( 23%)
11 - Undefined (15%)
8 - Early Commercialisation (11%)
5 - Early Development (7%)

Application Exemplars​

Existing Technologies:
  • NII Inspection Technologies, Advanced NDT tools using ultrasonics for topside vessel inspection reduces the need for manned intervention, improving safety and reliability(Repsol)
Emerging Technologies:
  • Focussed Stress Concentration Tomography (FSCT) is a manually applied probe / probe array for detecting, positioning and classifying the severity of CUI, cracks or dents in real-time using highly sensitive magnetometers to detect the re-arrangement of magnetic domains caused by localised mechanical stress (Kellas Midstream)
  • Neutron Backscatter inspection for CUI (Corrosion Under Insulation), rapid inspection method for measuring corrosion without disturbing the insulation coatings (CNR)
  • CUI Camera - Passive TerraHertz sensing technology for the purpose of detection corrosion under insulation (CUI) at a live gas processing site (Shell) Onshore

Maintenance and Operations

Operators are focusing on digital technologies in maintenance and operations, with Digital Twins, data analytics, asset management systems, paperless reporting and increase in 4G services.  Autonomous robotics promises to extend the benefits from digital technology to fabric maintenance. Flare reduction systems reflect a desire to reduce harmful emissions and lifting management software to improve control and safety of offshore lifting processes extend the benefits to HES.

Number of technologies by operator

Technology maturity

83 - Existing technology (60%)
21 - Undefined (15%)
18 - Early commercialisation (13%)
9 - Early Development (7%)
7 - Late Development/Pilot (5%)


Application Exemplars​

Existing Technologies:
  • 3D model-based asset management system using Digital Twin Philosophy MAXIMO APM/PM/MCDR data, live PI data, as built documentation and RBI and cumulative Risk Data (CNR)
  • Modumetal Nanogalv surface coating for corrosive and high strength applications (Shell)
Emerging Technologies:
  • Develop Autonomous fabric maintenance robotic solution, using latest AI, Machine Vision and Machine learning (CNR)

Functional Categories

Disclaimer

The technologies referred to in this report are for illustrative purposes only and other technologies may be available. The OGA does not directly or indirectly endorse, recommend or guarantee any entity, product or technology referred to in this report.