The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has said that cross-border technology hackathons between the UK and Norway will take place this month.
The first event will take place at Aker Solutions in Aberdeen on Wednesday, while the second will be held in Stavanger on November 30.
Six major North Sea operators and 100 delegates are already signed up for the venture, organised by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and Norwegian Energy Partners, with support from the OGA and Norway’s Petroleum Ministry.
The first hackathon event at Aker will aim to ‘harness new value adding technologies’ while looking at ‘cost-saving approaches to decommissioning’.
Operators AkerBP, ConocoPhillips, Point Resources, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, Shell and Statoil will all reveal the real-world challenges they face, followed by a discussion on solutions.
Bill Cattanach, manager of supply chain at the OGA, said: “Momentum has been building for these engagements which will provide the opportunity for operators and service sector to come together in a collaborative environment. This is first time that the UK and Norway have combined forces to address major technological and cost saving challenges and we are optimistic this powerful approach will reap success. We would like to thank Aker Solutions for their support in hosting the Aberdeen event.”
Ben Foreman, ITF technology manager added “By facilitating this vital engagement both between operators and the supply chain, and the UK and Norway, we have the opportunity to tackle a number of major challenges faced in the North Sea. These events promote collaborative working and provide a platform to highlight innovative approaches, processes and technologies.”