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PETROMAKS2-Stort program petroleum

Stand Alone Subsea Instrumentation System for hydrocarbon leak detection

Alternative title: Frittstående Subsea-instrumenteringssystem for deteksjon av hydrokarbonlekkasje

Awarded: NOK 6.2 mill.

Project Number:

328742

Project Period:

2021 - 2023

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The project will create a Stand Alone Subsea Instrumentation Platform for Leak Detection and Environmental Monitoring with an initial target implementation of the offshore oil and gas industry in both Norway and Brazil. This system will overcome existing limitations. Current Challenge to be addressed The oil and gas industry is dependent on cabled infrastructure utilizing power from platforms or vessels and associated information control systems. Modification of these systems is costly and creates conflicts with legacy equipment. The Norwegian regulations for oil and gas extraction includes requirements for both subsea leak detection and environmental monitoring and mapping which the existing infrastructure is not designed to support. It will extend state-of-the-art technology, specifically stored energy and underwater communications technology, to facilitate implementation of active acoustic leak detection and environmental monitoring on a movable unit which can be deployed in and around existing infrastructure without the need for costly modifications or concerns with legacy equipment. The unit will be self-contained and transportable on light intervention vessels enabling quick and efficient deployment and recovery. The main services the unit will provide is subsea leak detection of oil and gas from infrastructure as well as the environmental conditions to map and track it for clean-up. The environmental monitoring equipment will also serve to establish baselines and long-term tracking of environmental conditions. This is key to track effects that take years to happen such as climate change impact on the marine environment.

The project will create a Stand Alone Subsea Instrumentation Platform for Leak Detection and Environmental Monitoring with an initial target implementation of the offshore oil and gas industry in both Norway and Brazil. This system will overcome existing limitations described below. Current Challenge to be addressed The oil and gas industry is dependent on cabled infrastructure utilizing power from platforms or vessels and associated information control systems. Modification of these systems is costly and creates conflicts with legacy equipment. The Norwegian regulations for oil and gas extraction includes requirements for both subsea leak detection and environmental monitoring and mapping which the existing infrastructure is not designed to support. It will use state-of-the-art technology from other industries, specifically stored energy and communications technology, to facilitate implementation of active acoustic leak detection and environmental monitoring on a movable unit which can be deployed in and around existing infrastructure without the need for costly modifications or concerns with legacy equipment. The unit will be self-contained and transportable on light intervention vessels enabling quick and efficient deployment and recovery. The main services the unit will provide is subsea leak detection of oil and gas from infrastructure as well as the environmental conditions to map and track it for clean-up. The environmental monitoring equipment will also serve to establish baselines and long-term tracking of environmental conditions. This is key to track effects that take years to happen such as climate change impact on the marine environment.

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PETROMAKS2-Stort program petroleum