Norway’s first platform to be remote-operated from land this week

The opening of the Valemon control room took place at Sandsli in Bergen on Thursday November 9th — the first platform in Statoil’s portfolio to be remote-controlled from land.

Statoil said that it had used land- based surveillance and control of offshore operations for a considerable time, but that the remote control of Valemon marked an important step forward on its digitalization journey.

Gunnar Nakken, head of the operations west cluster in Statoil, said that “most of our production will still be carried out on large, manned platforms, such as Aasta Hansteen and the Johan Sverdrup platform, but for somewhat smaller platforms and fields it will absolutely be considered. First, we must gain experience from Valemon”, adding that “thanks to new technology and knowledge we can utilize the advantages of our smaller, standardised building blocks that are combined differently from field to field for optimal resource exploitation. We want to combine the best technology, below and above water, to find optimal solutions for every project, thereby ensuring safer operation”.