This is a priority for larger companies, which operate the majority of UKCS legacy assets.
Technology supports their objectives to:
- increase production efficiency through a reduction in time for planned and unplanned inspections and maintenance
- reduce OPEX related to maintenance and operations
- improve safety through better inspections techniques and reducing the need for exposure to hazards
There is an experienced supply chain for the deployment of inspection and maintenance technology, but operators are directly involved in R&D and/or piloting of technologies.
- Technology investment has allowed assets to operate beyond their design life, delivering additional production and field development opportunities.
- Remotely operated inspection technologies for hazardous or hard to reach areas deliver cost, safety and efficiency benefits.
- There should be a wider uptake of NII technologies for vessel inspection
- Exploiting digital based technologies has increased across the UKCS. The use of wearable and wireless technologies, integrated with ATEX tablets provides efficient workflows.
- Integrated operation centres, digital twins and virtual machines have improved production efficiency, optimising real time asset management
- Most technologies are developed by, or in partnership with, vendors. Many solutions are available ‘off the shelf’ but there are opportunities for operators to pilot and trailing new and emerging technologies
- Offshore wireless data devices
- Asset digitisation and integration with the shore
- Hard-to-reach inspection
- Non-intrusive inspections (NII)
- Predictive maintenance
- Autonomous robotic inspections
- Hard-to-reach area inspections (under insulations and trunnions)
- Corrosion detection and prevention (e.g. self-healing coatings)
- Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS)