Next generation tech firm appoints Maersk Oil veteran to advisory board

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The former director of engineering at Maersk Oil has been appointed as an advisor to tech developer Akselos.

The Swiss firm uses the world’s most advanced simulation software, coupled with sensors to create digital twins of offshore assets, allowing operators to monitor their assets in real time as well as help predict future incidents.

The technology was recently used to create a predictive digital twin of a 300,000 tonne FPSO.

Jens Peter Riber, who spent over 30 years with Maersk Oil in roles including technical director and director of engineering, has joined the Akselos’ advisory board.

He said: “I was first introduced to Akselos through the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) in 2015.

“Having spent most of my career as project and technical director with a background as a structural engineer, working on the design, construction and maintenance of huge offshore structures, I was astonished by what this new technology meant for asset design and management, and could see that it would be of particular value in the North Sea as the basin matures and our assets approach the end of their design life.

“It’s great to see that some of the bigger operators in the sector are now embracing the tech to support safe Asset Life Extension, and it’s thrilling to be on board as the company continues to challenge the status quo.”

Total took over Maersk Oil in March in a £5.8billion deal.

His appointment is one of three made by Akselos as it gears up for growth.

It has also added former INOVX CEO John Bell as senior vice president and MIT Ford Professor of Engineering Anthony Pantera as scientific advisor.

Thomas Leurent, CEO of Akselos, said: “These new appointments mark the beginning of the next phase of growth for us as we aim to help operators protect their critical assets with the world’s most advanced engineering simulation software.

“These are very important additions to our team who each bring unrivalled expertise in their respective fields.

“Jens Peter carries with him an incredible track record in the oil and gas industry, and his experience will be of great value as we continue to attract interest from basins across the world.”