The Norwegian oil and gas industry is investing heavily in digitalization. Now several companies are coming to Offshore Technology Days to tell you how.

Technology and electronic data have been with us for decades already, but digitalization is a word we both hear and read about more and more often. Yet it is a term that many struggles to understand. Therefore, in addition to the exhibition itself, a series of presentations about digitalization will be held during this year’s Offshore Technology Days exhibition at Stavanger Forum on October 16-17.

Chooses projects that give effect

Key personnel from heavyweights such as Norwegian Oil and Gas, Equinor, Oceaneering, Emerson, VisioNova and ABB will talk about their approach during the Digitalization Day conference.

– For us, digitalization is not about switching from pen and paper to computers, but rather about implementing better and more simple processes and working methods due to digital solutions, says Tormod Tønnesen, Supply Chain Management domain responsible for Norwegian oil and gas.

Tønnesen and his colleagues are actively working on digitalization.  They receive suggestions and initiatives from their member companies. First, they assess whether the initiative suits Norwegian Oil and Gas – Digital Interaction. Then they start the process to look at business value before deciding, together with the operators, to develop it in an arena where everyone can benefit from it. According to Tønnesen, digitalization is and will be important for the Norwegian oil and gas industry.

– It will be very important, and now there is a great focus on collaboration. The operators work together on solutions for advanced projects where they do not compete. Norwegian oil and gas support the work on collaborative solutions and services – both between operators and authorities, between the operators themselves and between operators and suppliers. This is a tough priority, but the operators choose the initiatives with the greatest effect.

Offer for suppliers

During his presentation at the OTD exhibition, Tønnesen will talk about what Norwegian oil and gas and the work they conduct on behalf of the industry and how they support what the companies do internally.

– We are the oil companies’ toolbox. This is why we will hold our presentation together with Equinor. They will talk about their internal tasks and projects they have with other operators in the common arena. Following, I will talk about which services have come out of common projects.

The supplier qualification system “EPIM JQS” is one of the most visible Norwegian oil and gas projects in recent years. The suppliers register everything from products, services, self-declaration to management systems, HSEQ and quality. The remaining information about the company is extracted from public records using technology.

– This has been a great success. A large proportion of the industry has registered and implemented this system.

– Must share data

State Secretary Rikard Gaarder Knutsen (FrP) will also give a speech during “Digitalization Day”. He will address how the state is working on digitalization in the Norwegian oil and gas industry. The State Secretary believes that sharing data between the various companies in the industry is crucial.

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– It is incredibly important that the companies share data and knowledge amongst themselves. Lundin and Edvard Grieg did this with a research centre in Stavanger. The fact that the various companies can share as much data as they can is necessary to develop the industry to work smarter and reduce emissions. Everyone will benefit from this in the long run, concludes Gaarder Knutsen.

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Photo of Edvard Grieg: Lundin Petroleum