EMIS - oil app for offshore inspections

ENGIE E&P in Norway has developed a mobile solution for offshore pipe inspections. The app will save the company millions of Norwegian kroners and also cuts red tape.

ENGIE E&P in Norway has developed a mobile solution, EMIS, for offshore pipe inspections. Photo: Koen Vlaemick

The EMIS app (ENGIE Mobile Inspection Solution) is used on the ENGIE-operated Gjøa platform in the North Sea. The number of inspected pipes is expected to double and the company will achieve potential savings of about 5-10 million Norwegian kroners a year from improved efficiency and risk scenarios. In addition, this could save the company for replacement of pipes, with costs of at least 100 000 NOK per meter.

23 km of pipes to inspect
There are about 2000 SS316 pipes on the Gjøa platform, which corresponds to 23 kilometers of pipes. Regular inspection of these pipes is crucial to uncover degradation, corrosion and damage.

So far, inspectors have spent 20 per cent of their time offshore on inspecting, and 80 per cent on reporting. Overall, this has generated 500 pages of written reports each year.

This has been completely reversed through use of tablets and the EMIS inspection app. Inspectors can now spend 80 per cent of their time inspecting and just 20 per cent sitting in front of the computer to work on completing documentation.

In this way, EMIS contributes in the work to digitalise offshore work on The Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Data is available immediately
The Ecom tablets produced by HawCom are among the first in the market certified for offshore use in Zone 1. Until now, mobile network solutions have not been permitted in Zone 1, due to safety requirements in areas with an explosion risk. The tablets that can now be used provide access to inspection data along with work orders, which increases work flexibility.

Many of the pipes are located in difficult to access locations, near the ceiling, over the water and between other pipes. The tablets enable the inspectors to take photos and note potential damage to the pipes.
The inspection results are saved online and are immediately available for analyses and decision-making for onshore engineers. This process previously took up to two weeks.

As a result of the number of inspections having doubled, inspectors now have time to examine pipes that were not previously prioritised.

By using the tablet and app, potential damage can be detected before this develops into a larger problem. This could save the company from having to replace pipes which is very costly. Safety is also improved.

Will pay for itself within six months
The app was developed by the ENGIE E&P Norge oil and gas company in cooperation with the Bouvet IT company over the course of about one year. It has cost the company about NOK 2.5 million Norwegian kroner.

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