by Rigzone Staff
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Statoil celebrated the opening of the Valemon control room at Sandsli in Bergen on Thursday, which will be used to operate the first remote controlled platform in the company’s portfolio.
“This is a vital milestone for Statoil. We have had land-based surveillance and control of offshore operations for a long time, however, the remote control of Valemon marks one important step forward on our digitalization journey,” said Gunnar Nakken, head of the operations west cluster at Statoil.
Fourteen operators divided on seven shifts will man Valemon’s onshore control room, according to Statoil. The company said remote control solutions would ‘undoubtedly’ be considered for other small and medium-sized platforms in the future.
“Most of our production will still be carried out on large, manned platforms, such as Aasta Hansteen and the Johan Sverdrup platform, but for somewhat smaller platforms and fields it will absolutely be considered. First, we must gain experience from Valemon,” said Nakken.
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