BY TORE FALCK
At ConocoPhillips, collaboration and knowledge-sharing are key elements of leveraging experience across a diverse, global portfolio. With the company progressing the Barossa project offshore Australia, entering the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase in April 2018, the Australian team traveled to Norway to participate in a knowledge-sharing session with colleagues across the world.
The group spent a day learning about the technologies and operations model being planned for Aasta Hansteen, as well as two days working with the Norway operations teams to understand their technical practices. Norway has achieved huge efficiencies through digitization and are so advanced in their monitoring and operations support that some facilities can be operated remotely.
From left: Sean Kittson, process engineer, Australia West business unit; Tim Tilbury, FPSO operations representative, Barossa/Australia West business unit; Tom Plank, electrical, instrument & controls engineer, Barossa FEED Site 2, Houston; Michael Wegg, automation specialist, Barossa Operations/Kuala Lumpur business unit; Audun Schmidt, project manager, Capital Projects Norway; and Stein Inge Wolden, JV manager, Tananger