BP Inks Tech Pact with Norwegian Partner
Oil major BP and Norwegian independent Aker BP announced October 3 they have agreed to co-operate on the development and deployment of advanced technologies.
Through their planned strategic alliance, the duo intends to explore potential venture capital investments targeting technology improvements, including developments in digital twins, advanced seismic techniques and processing, and subsea and robot technology. It may also identify innovations which could improve the environmental performance of offshore oil and gas production.
A digital twin is a virtual simulation of all or part of an offshore platform or its control systems that continuously learns and updates itself, enabling training, maintenance and other functions to be undertaken remotely and/or more cheaply and safely.
Aker BP is owned by BP (30%), Norway's Aker group (40%) and other shareholders (30%). BP Ventures has invested over $400mn in corporate venturing and has 42 active investments.
It's not only producers that see benefits from digital technology. UK contractor Petrofac's strategy chief Jon Carpenter told the Gastech conference in Barcelona last month: “Data driven technology is a key enabler for our business.... It’s an exciting time for the company as we seek new ways of applying digital technologies to our operations to deliver ultra-efficient asset support.”
This week's BP/Aker BP agreement was signed by Aker BP CEO Karl Johnny Hersvik (right in picture below) and BP Technology chief commercial officer Steve Cook (photo credit: Aker BP).