Real-time production data to be shared between Edvard Grieg and Ivar Aasen

The trend has been for operating companies on the Norwegian Shelf to share a minimal amount of data. Until now. Lundin Norway and AkerBP will be sharing real-time production data from the Edvard Grieg and Ivar Aasen platforms between the companies. This will generate positive effects for both.

Lundin Norway has started the process of putting the necessary infrastructure in place so the company can share and make use of production data from the operated Edvard Grieg and Ivar Aasen fields (operated by Aker BP) in the North Sea.

“We believe that we are on the way to set a new standard for how to become even more efficient in the operations phase, and thus contribute to improving competitiveness both for the companies and for the Norwegian Shelf,” says Per-Johan Fallrø, Operations Performance Manager in Lundin Norway.

“This way of sharing data opens up brand new ways of cooperation between suppliers and operating companies, but also between operators. This can generate significant positive effects over time, which we have only seen a glimpse of so far,” says Fallrø.

All in one box
Very simply explained, all data acquired from reservoirs, wellstreams and processing will now be gathered in a joint solution with an interface that runs across departments and technical disciplines. And now, also across companies. Fallrø sees many areas where this solution will be beneficial.

“The choices the reservoir department makes to achieve optimal drainage and injection in the reservoirs are affected by what the process technicians on the platform do to optimise oil and gas processing – and vice versa. Now, for example, we can find the best balance between reservoir optimisation and process optimisation by sharing data”, says Per-Johan Fallrø. “The same principle will apply between operating companies and fields that share infrastructure. Lundin’s Edvard Grieg platform processes oil and gas from Aker BP’s Ivar Aasen field, making a very good basis for innovative cooperation,” says Fallrø.

Huge potential
There are many producing fields on the Norwegian Shelf that have some form of co-production. Either where fields are developed as satellites to a nearby platform, parts of the processing are done on a different platform, or when different qualities of oil and gas are blended in a joint export pipeline to achieve the correct quality for the market.

Given the considerable value of the oil and gas in an average field, even a small percentage of improvement can yield very substantial financial return.