Safe and sustainable production in United Kingdom
In September 2018, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, a joint venture in which Repsol holds 51% of shares, opened a new control room in its Aberdeen office, to monitor operations on offshore platforms in the United Kingdom. This room will be used to improve real-time collaboration among the technical teams on land (onshore) and those working on platforms at sea (offshore).
The main goal of this integrated operations center (IOC) is to reduce risk and improve production efficiency, through better planning of scheduled shutdowns and a reduction in unscheduled ones. Likewise, through technology, it seeks to strengthen the decision-making system with more information, through predictive and powerful data analysis. All of this will help improve reliability in facilities in environmental and safety terms.
After its opening, Repsol already has two integrated operations centers in its Aberdeen offices. Specifically, this new room monitors the facilities of the hub called Flotta Catchment Area. In the short term, the project is expected to be completed with a third IOC, which would control the facilities of the Greater Fulmar Area hub.
The opening of these IOCs is part of our asset-integration strategy, in line with the digitalization process at the company.
An expansion of the offshore team
Through computers and large screens, the rooms allow for the visualization of data and live streaming from platforms. Through the use of 4G technology, it is possible to connect external suppliers and staff on the platform and share data in real time.
For practical purposes, IOC employees are an extension of the offshore team, with almost full visibility of all processes at the facilities. The onshore team can analyze data to optimize and improve operations more easily.
The team can also provide contributions to diagnose and solve problems more quickly. For instance, a shutdown due to an equipment failure that may have lasted days can now be solved in a matter of hours. Suppliers can also call on the IOC to identify potential equipment failures instead of having to go offshore.
The implementation of the first operational center in 2017 has resulted in savings of over 70 million euros for the joint venture. At the same time, an operational efficiency of almost 85% has been reached, thanks to being able to anticipate unplanned shutdowns or restart more safely and more quickly after a shutdown.