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Pål Rylandsholm Pål Rylandsholm
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Responding to the recent recommendations from KonKraft, Standard Norway’s Sector Board Petroleum has joined forces with DNV GL to increase the competitiveness of the industry on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, remove key barriers to collaboration and unlock the value of digitalization by establishing a joint industry project (JIP) aiming at revising, restructuring and digitalizing the NORSOK Z-standards for Technical Information.

Significant simplification and standardization will be achieved by deploying state-of-the art methodology and tools to fundamentally digitalize common industry requirements to technical information and information management practices. 

Challenge

Studies have concluded that the current documentation requirements for operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) drive cost and does not sufficiently improve safety1.

At the same time, NORSOK’s Standards for technical information have not been revised since their creation in the 1990s, and several operators have since developed their own company standards for technical information.

Further, opportunities to improve quality and efficiency in existing work processes and cooperation through digitalization have not been captured widely in the industry, neither on the NCS nor globally.  

Solution

This JIP will remove key barriers to digitalization and cooperation by using state-of-the-art digital technologies, to simplify and standardize requirements for information management. 

It will start by reviewing, reformulating and restructuring the content of the five NORSOK standards for technical information (Z-001, Z-018, Z-DP-002, Z-CP-002, Z-003), and apply a digital framework for capturing, structuring and distributing requirements. 

Benefits

The results of the project will enable automation of work processes, easy interchangeability of spare parts, exchange of information machine to machine and standardization using open IT solutions. When implemented broadly, this will give significant cost reductions for engineering, compliance checking and quality work. 

The high-level business case by Statoil and Aibel points to value creation for both green-field and brow-field activities with the following preliminary numbers for the NCS (2018-2028):

Relevant spending: NOK 72 billion

Annual savings:      5-10%

Annual savings:      NOK 3.6-7.2 billion.

Deliverables

The main deliverables are:
  • A common language for digital requirements and asset vocabularies
  • A scalable way of capturing and structuring true digital requirements
  • Methodology and tools enabling information sharing in line with KonKraft’s recommendations for the digital field development process 
  • Proposal for updated and digitalized NORSOK requirements to Technical Information (Z-TI standards).

Relevant parts of the deliverables will be fed into international standardisation organisations and initiatives such as ISO, IEC, JIP33, and CFIHOS for global standardisation and alignment.

Launch and duration

The JIP will be launched in Q2 2018, with a planned total duration of 2 years.

Three phases are foreseen, and phase 1, with a duration of approximately 8 months, will be kicked off as soon as possible after a sufficient number of participants have signed the JIP agreement or issued a letter of intent for their participation. 

JIP partners

All operators, EPC companies, equipment and systems vendors, authorities, academia and other organizations operating in the E&P industry on the Norwegian Continental Shelf are invited to come together to influence and contribute to this digitalization, standardization and simplification of the Norwegian Continental Shelf. 

Each signing partner will have a seat and one vote in the steering committee governing the JIP. 

An Inclusive Contribution Model

The JIP will employ a participation model that works for all participants with respect to their business model, accessibility of relevant expertise and competence, and the relative value the outcome of the JIP is expected to bring to different actors in the value chain. 

Oil and gas companies (operators) will be expected to cover the largest portion of the total cash required by the project.

Contractors and equipment vendors will contribute significantly with their deep-going expertise on their products and the usage of these. 

A classification scheme will be used for setting the cash- and in-kind contribution for participants.


1. Example: 'Krav som kostnadsdriver i norsk petroleumsindustri' (Menon Economics)