Neptune Energy has released a video of a “digital walkthrough” of its Cygnus installation as part of a new partnership with technology specialist Eserv.
Using 3D and AI tech, Aberdeen-based Eserv was able to create a “map” of Cygnus, allowing Neptune Energy to detect asset integrity issues early and plan maintenance work.
The move allows engineers who would traditionally be working on the platform to carry out a significant portion of their work onshore.
Neptune Energy said it would reduce costs and environmental impacts associated with transporting workers offshore.
The Eserv partnership is the first phase of a strategy to “digitise” its assets for virtual visual inspections and site surveys.
As part of the transition, onshore teams can take a “virtual walkthrough” of the Southern North Sea platform, planning work and monitoring changes in the structure.
Neptune’s UK managing director, Alexandra Thomas, said: “We are excited to be early adopters of such innovative technologies which can enhance the efficiency and safety of our operations, reduce costs and offshore travel, and enable greater collaboration between our onshore and offshore teams.
“The use of digital technologies is particularly valuable at this time, given restrictions on travel and the necessity for social distancing offshore.”
Eserv said the flagship AS-TEG technology comes following five years of research and development.
Managing director Dan Millard, said: “Although remote and digital data solutions have come into their own this year due to travel and logistical restrictions, we have been advancing advocates of using 3D data to revolutionise the offshore maintenance and asset integrity space for a number of years now.”
Cygnus lies 95 miles off the Lincolnshire coast and is capable of producing 6% of the UK’s gas demand.
Neptune is operator and 39% owner of the installation, partnered with Spirit Energy who owns the remaining 61% stake.