DNV GL and Lundin implement new techniques to reduce downtime at Edvard Grieg platform


DNV GL has partnered with Lundin Norway to develop the first step of a solution to predict unplanned shutdowns at the Edvard Grieg production platform, located at Utsira High in the North Sea.

The Edvard Grieg platform has been operational for nearly two years and is operated by Lundin Norway.

The company currently holds 65% interest in the platform, while OMV Norge and Wintershall Norge own 20% and 15% stake respectively.

More than 2,000 sensors have been installed at the facility to monitor the energy required its infrastructure.

DNV GL intends to confirm the suitability of data analytics techniques to detect possible failures that may cause an unplanned shutdown and take preventive measures to avoid such incidents.

Four students were given the task of developing a data analytics application as part of the initiative. They were supported by experienced experts from both companies.

The students developed multiple statistical models that utilised data generated by a selection of the system's available sensors.

An application was devised to assess the results of each statistical model and provide a notification when there are high chances of a machine shutdown.

The system is intended to provide the operator with sufficient time to take preventive actions to avoid the incident.

Lundin Norway field operations head Kari Nielsen said: “In a very short time frame, the project team has come a long way in substantiating the value of using data analytics techniques to improve our operations.

“This is very encouraging and motivates us to continue our efforts.