Norway Opens First Fully Remote-controlled Platform

Norway Opens First Fully Remote-controlled Platform


The Valemon field is one of the primary stand-alone development project in Norway by Statoil that contains nearly 192 million barrels of oil. Owing to its extremely high temperate and high pressure in fragmented nature, the reservoir is complex. Last weekend, it was announced that Valemon control room at Sandsli will be first of its kind platform that will operated completely remotely from land. 

The head of the operation at West Cluster in Statoil, Gunnar Nakken, says that this step marks a vital move for Statoil, which has had land-based control and surveillance of offshore explorations for a long time but remote controlling of Valemon field will be a boon for the aspiration of digitalization. 

Specifically designed and then constructed in a customized manner for such remote control, Statoil currently operates no such platform but this step will help pave a way for all small and medium platforms in the future, with remote controlling as a central building block. 

Nakken reveals that while most of their primary production will still be done in a manned manner, such as the Johan Sverdrup platform and Asata Hansteen, but the company will be strongly considering remote-controlling of their smaller platforms and fields after gaining experience from how Valemon platform performs. This has been enabled by the new knowledge and pertaining technology to utilize the benefits of small and standardized building blocks that are united in different manner for greater efficiency of each resource. The aspiration is to collaborate best technology above and below water in order to find perfect solutions for each project that also aids to the safety.