Greenfield, Brownfield and Decommissioning

Challenge 20: Innovative Greenfield Solutions

Meeting the future demand for energy, means new developments will be necessary. How can we make sure we undertake these in a cost effective and environmentally friendly manner?

Topics may include:

  • UWP (unmanned well platform), NUI (normally unmanned installation), UPP  (unmanned production platform)
  • New platform concepts with lower weights, for instance the “Lean SEMI” concept
  • Remote operations/ Onshore control rooms
  • Electrification (power from shore, offshore wind)
  • Subsea solutions versus topside solutions
  • New ways of collaborating, new business models, new players
  • Standardization of solutions and equipment, automation of design
  • Refurbishment and/or re-use of existing facilities in new locations
  • CO2 footprint reduction

Challenge 21: Innovative Brownfield Solutions

How should we deploy the latest technologies on existing infrastructure and assets? Can these technologies enable life extension, lower operating costs, new asset production – all in an environmentally friendly way?

Topics may include:

  • Robotics and drones​
  • Autonomous operation with low / no human interaction​
  • Digital twins, 3D animations/ models to allow better planning and design​
  • New vs. old equipment – e.g. control systems, safety systems​
  • Regulatory challenges: old vs. new​
  • Obsolescence management, software upgrades, cyber security​
  • New business models​
  • CO2 reduction technology​
  • Condition-based maintenance


Challenge 22: Barents Sea opportunities and challenges

The Norwegian Barents Sea brings opportunities for oil and gas production in the future. Although the areas opened for petroleum activities are the so-called “blue Arctic”, i.e. ice-free, the lack of light during winter and the harsh climate have to be addressed under the highest of HSE standards.

Topics may include:

  • Resource potential in the Barents Sea
  • Regulatory and design requirements, such as “iskanten”
  • Winterization
  • Design solutions for Barents Sea
  • General infrastructure challenges for oil and gas export, communication, logistics and emergency preparedness
  • Oil & gas industries in Northern Norway
  • Industrial experience with respect to cooperation with Russian authorities in the Northern Arctic


Challenge 23: Decommissioning

Decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure is a rapidly developing market sector in the oil and gas business. In the North Sea more than 100 installations/parts of installations are forecast for removal in the next decade. The costs of decommissioning are high. Technology development and initiatives for cost reduction are therefore important. What are the latest initiatives and technology developments within this area?  How can authorities, operators and contractors work together to deliver safe and environmentally friendly field abandonment at a reasonable cost?

Topics may include:

  • Topside removal
  • Decommissioning of substructure
  • Subsea decommissioning
  • Recycling of platforms and equipment
  • Environmental aspects (onshore dismantling, comparative assessment, etc)
  • Decommissioning strategies/business models
  • Risk management of the decommission projects
  • Contracting strategies
  • Safety and major accident risk in decommissioning
  • Optimised P&A techniques and methods
  • Alternative documentation and verification methods of well barriers