Predictive technology to keep costs down at Skarv FPSO

The Skarv FPSO
The Skarv FPSO

Lloyds Register (LR) has started work on a test project to help deliver major cost reductions on AkerBP’s Skarv floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

New software called Real-Time Adaptive Maintenance Optimisation (RTAMO) is designed to avoid unnecessary maintenance and shutdown due to equipment failure.

The work will be supported through the company’s office in Aberdeen.

RTAMO has been able to achieve a 40% reduction in maintenance spending for other operators that have used it.

The technology uses data to create an algorithm to predict economic and reliability outcomes from maintenance work.

It has been used on more than 20 offshore facilities for companies including Maersk, Shell and Teekay.

Alain Doumit, head of LR’s Stavanger office said: “LR is delighted to be working with AkerBP over the next few months. It is the first time RTAMO software is to be used on fixed facilities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and the work will be supported by our technical experts based out of our offices in Stavanger and in Aberdeen, UK.”

The Skarv field is located in the Norwegian Sea, about 130miles from the town of Sandnessjoen.

Saurabh Kumar, project focal point from AkerBP said: “The RTAMO tool looks promising and we have good expectations from the test project as it is aligned with our lean way of working which we are incorporating in our organisation with a focus on simplification and efficiency.”