Installations and topsides

Reflecting differing asset ownership profiles, operators see opportunities to leverage technology to make installations:

  • more efficient (e.g. inspection and monitoring techniques, automation, improved reliability)
  • development of, and use of unmanned facilities and innovative platform use for CAPEX and OPEX efficiencies
  • capable to deal with multiphase fluids (metering), oil in water measurement and produced water treatment

Operators’ technology interest is focused more towards mature and late-stage development technologies. They can rely on an active and innovative supply chain developing and offering solutions.

Industry insights

  • Technologies that support standardisation and enable lighter, smaller processing, treatment and compression systems are important for retrofit and future marginal developments
  • Increasing levels of automation can unlock lower cost platform solutions and reduce Opex on existing assets
  • Accurate and reliable metering is required to address ongoing monitoring and optimisation challenges.
  • New membrane technologies alongside plant modifications and enhanced procedures are being used to improve and manage water treatment
  • The majority of technologies are developed by vendors and are available ‘off the shelf’ or ready to be deployed
  • There is a number of capable technologies under development to support field development (particularly compact floating facilities, unmanned production buoys and non-intrusive flow measurement)

Technology categories

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Technology maturity

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  • Low-cost, reusable NUIs
  • Remote monitoring and automation
  • Compact/modular processing equipment (oil, gas, water)
  • Versatile floating units
  • Unmanned loading buoys
  • Advanced (self-calibrating, non-intrusive) multiphase meters
  • Heavy oil equipment
  • Nano filtration, membrane technologies