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Proposed Abstract for Intelligent Energy 2010

Title: Digital platform for the next generation IO: a prerequisite for the high north

Topic: Future

Authors: Frédéric Verhelst, Frode Myren, Pål Rylandsholm, Torbjørn Skramstad, Jens Ornæs, Bård Henning Tvedt

The Arctic region holds vast amounts of extractive energy resources. Most of the arctic resources lie offshore beneath thick ice and deep water in environmentally very sensitive areas. Weather and distance from existing infrastructure and centers of population add additional operational and logistic challenges.

Oil and gas operations in the high north are likely to entail the remote and distributed control of assets – leading to heavy demands on the communication links and information flow. Connecting and integrating business processes and information sources across organizational boundaries add to the complexity. Further, operations in the high north require a lot of attention to be paid to environmental aspects.

In order to meet all the requirements and at the same time maintain profitable operations, the industry has to create new field development and operation concepts that include heavily instrumented facilities. There must also be put a significant focus on the transfer of real time data between fields and operation centers located elsewhere, and on automated key work processes. Hence, a prerequisite for this development is a robust digital infrastructure and a platform for effective and efficient information exchange.

This is the main focus area for the “IO in the High North” project, a unique collaboration between the IT, defense and oil and gas industries. During a four year period starting May 2008, the 26 participants in the “IO in the High North” project plan to build and test the digital platform for the next generation Integrated Operations.

This presentation would fit well in a session together with other large R&D projects such as Center for Integrated Operations at Trondheim University, ISAPP in The Netherlands or Smart Fields Center at Stanford Unversity eventually combined with a panel discussion on R&D in the current business climate.

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