From left: Anders J. Steensen (The Research Council of Norway), Tord Lien (Minister of Petroleum and Energy), Randi Hugdahl (Statoil), Oddvard Skjæveland (IRIS) og Arild Austigard (RDS). Photo: IRIS
New Demo2000 project
11.05.2016The project "Demonstration of Automated Drilling Process Control", which is led by IRIS, receives NOK 20 million through The Research Council of Norway’s Demo2000 program. This means that Ullrigg will be equipped with a fully automated robotic drilling package, which will be integrated with other systems to demonstrate various automated drilling processes.
Automated Drilling is one of IRIS Energy’s target areas, and Senior Vice President at Ullrigg Oddvar Skjæveland, is very pleased with the news.
– This is highly appreciated. The concept of Automated Drilling in the right context is a tool for achieving goals of efficiency and cost savings. To help shaping this area is strategically important for IRIS, especially because this is where the focus of the industry now lies. It is a vast project which will benefit from the expertise at IRIS, both from research and from Ullrigg which is close to the industry, Skjæveland says.
In addition to IRIS, Robotic Drilling Systems, Sekal, Odfjell Drilling and Statoil are currently partners in the project. Now, the effort to link more operators to supporting the project will begin
A drilling robot from Robotic Drilling Systems is already located at Ullrigg
, and over the next few years this will be fully automated drilling facility where companies can conduct tests with the help of updated technology.
– For IRIS and Ullrigg it is important to keep up with the industry and be a central component of the future drilling environment. This project will be a good contribution to continue leading the way in automated drilling, says Skjæveland.
The project has a budget of 80 million, with 25 % funding from The Research Council of Norway. The rest of the budget will be covered by industry partners and IRIS.
, 17 projects were awarded a total of NOK 128 million. In addition to IRIS, West Drilling Products AS has been allocated NOK 15 million, which in turn means more activity on Ullrigg. This highlights again the importance of infrastructure Ullrigg Drilling and Well Centre and its importance for tomorrow's technology.