Siemens to develop digital solutions for Aker BP as part of long-term partnership

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 9:09 am EDT

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  • Aker BP names Siemens as one of two alliance partners for the design, supply and installation of electrical, instrumentation, control and telecom systems
  • Partnership features integrated operations, with digitalization performing a key role
  • Siemens currently provides data-driven Condition Monitoring for the Ivar Aasen field development project

 

Siemens will deliver advanced digital solutions for Aker BP’s future field development projects as part of a long-term partnership between the two companies focused on the design, supply and installation of electrical, instrumentation, control and telecom systems – from the preliminary phase to first oil. The framework agreement, one of several recently announced, builds on Siemens’ existing work for Aker BP providing data-driven condition monitoring on the Ivar Aasen offshore project.

The framework agreements reflect Aker BP’s commitment to leveraging strong partnerships with technology providers to improve performance.

“Our goal is to work more efficiently alongside the suppliers, as well as to minimize the total time it takes to deliver the final product. We want to work as one integrated team and with the same incentives to reduce costs and to remove non-value added activities,” says Senior Vice President Projects, Olav Henriksen.

“We welcome the opportunity to continue our work with Aker BP, providing digital solutions that reduce project execution time, thereby reducing costs,” said Richard Jaros, Head of Offshore Solutions for Siemens. “Our goal is to deliver state-of-the-art digital solutions to the alliance, encompassing project planning and execution, process control, integrated operations, condition based maintenance and lifecycle management of  new facilities.”

Siemens currently provides data-driven condition monitoring for Aker BP’s Ivar Aasen offshore project off the Norwegian coast to optimize equipment maintenance schedules. Applied in offshore environments, condition monitoring enables maintenance to be carried out in well-planned campaigns, minimizing costly helicopter transports and shift arrangements – significantly reducing the number of personnel required on platforms, thereby boosting safety and reducing costs.

Condition monitoring determines the actual state of equipment, enabling maintenance management teams to avoid adherence to a calendar schedule.  As such, when equipment is operating well and displaying no indication that maintenance is needed, intervals can be extended. If a potential problem is identified before the scheduled interval, maintenance management teams can organize spare parts and deploy contact crews to perform preventive maintenance, thereby avoiding the higher costs and consequences of unplanned downtime or production slowdowns.

Some 1,000 kilometers from Ivar Aasen’s offshore platform, a remote onshore control room provides onshore maintenance and engineering support, and expert analysis based on the same condition monitoring data seen in the offshore control room twin. The functions monitored include electrical and rotating equipment, valves, process control, automation, instruments, telecom, and safety.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

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