Ranked by Forbes Magazine as the world’s eleventh most significant oil and gas company by revenue, Norwegian multinational company Equinor turned to Shoreline for assistance with analysing and developing their operations and maintenance marine logistics strategy as part of their UK East Coast R2 Project.
Simulations for many scenarios
The main scope of the study included simulations and investigation of alternative strategies for marine logistics and manning during the operational phase of the project. Equinor modelled several scenarios with various configurations of service operation vessels, crew transfer vessels, and surface effect ships, using O&M Design™ the unique agent-based simulation software, now quickly becoming the industry standard for sustainable energy forecasting.
- crew transfer vessels,
- service operation vessels,
- helicopters and
- living quarters.
The simulations were calibrated to include sensitivities concerning the number of technicians, vessels, shift patterns, HSE rules, and more.
Reports from the study included estimations of technical availability impact, both time- and production-based, as well as investigations into limitations and step functions in the different alternative set-ups. The simulations were able to take into about variations in the number of turbines, for example, as well as other possibilities in configurations and maintenance schedules.
Accounting for complexity and time
Using Shoreline’s O&M Design™, Equinor was able to account for the complexity (stochasticity, variability, time dependency, and interdependence) of operating and maintaining an offshore wind park as well as increase their understanding of the system’s behaviour over time.
Shoreline provides the cloud-based and integrated simulation solutions Con Design™, O&M Design™ for construction and O&M strategy development as well as ConEx™ and OMEx™ for the daily planning and work schedule optimization. Shorelines simulation solutions are being used by developers, OEMs, vessel owners, marine contractors, and consultants.
Image credit: Jan Arne Wold / Equinor
Top image credit: Ørjan Richardsen / Equinor