Topic: Digital Transformation

Norske Shell create first fully integrated reservoir to market digital twin with Kongsberg Digital

Region: North Sea
Content Types: Report
Date: July, 2021

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A/S Norske Shell has utilised Kongsberg Digital’s digital twin solution Kognitwin Energy to create a virtual representation of their Ormen Lange deepwater gas field which was released to users last month.

Feeding into the onshore digital twin developed at Nyhamna gas processing facility, the two will be combined to become the first ever fully integrated reservoir to market digital twin.

In October 2019, Norske Shell collaborated with Kongsberg Digital to operationalise an ‘asset of the future’ through a partnership development of the Nyhamna Dynamic Digital Twin, using Kongsberg Digital’s Kognitwin Energy solution. By the end of the year the solution was operational and since January 2020 the Nyhamna Dynamic Digital Twin has been evolving continuously through monthly product releases, focusing on safe, effective and integrated work processes and the optimisation of production and energy use. With Nyhamna having paved the way, the decision was made to expand the collaboration with another digital twin of the related Ormen Lange deepwater gas field, which feeds gas to Nyhamna.

Ormen Lange

Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital and EVP Kongsberg, said, “With Ormen Lange, we are very proud to have been awarded the contract for the development of a second digital twin for Norske Shell. This is a direct result of our successful collaboration around the Nyhamna dynamic digital twin. We would particularly like to highlight a strong core product, Kognitwin Energy, rapid deployments, and fast time to value as unique differentiators in this ongoing project. Now, we are eager to help Norske Shell realise the full potential of their assets through integration of these two digital twins.”

The first version of the Ormen Lange digital twin comprises primarily data integrations and visualisation of subsea 3D models including production and MEG pipelines, well surface locations and well-bore paths, seabed bathymetry data detailed around the production templates, built documentation and drawings, real time data from DCS and PI and much more. For disciplines and teams across the initial Ormen Lange user base the twin provides unified data for everyone to access across the same work surface.

Rolf Einar Sæter, Digitalisation Manager in Norske Shell, commented, “Digital twins are technology for people. The partnership model, combining Kongsberg Digital’s digital capabilities with our own employee’s expertise in the operations and maintenance domain, has been very effective in delivering use cases that let our teams to collaborate better and become more effective. This in turn enable us to save costs and optimise production whilst improving safety and environmental impact.”