2 January 2024 – Aker BP has contracted technology supplier Vissim to implement an upgraded oil spill detection solution at the operator’s fixed and floating installations on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Aker BP will equip installations Valhall, Ula, Edvard Grieg, Ivar Aasen, Alvheim and Skarv with the new and upgraded oil spill detection solution.
The upgraded, radar-based oil spill detection system utilises upgraded image processing technology that enables much higher sensitivity, which allows it to detect even smaller oil spills. It also capitalises on machine learning to classify detected phenomena, thus preventing that the system generates false alarms which has traditionally been a concern in radar-based oil spill detection systems. The latter reduces the amount of unnecessary false alarms in the control room, which means less stress on operators.
The new solution has resulted in higher sensitivity, which means that smaller spills will be detected but less false alarms. It also re-uses hardware that is already installed offshore and onshore, thereby keeping capital investments to a minimum. It is a win-win for everyone involved,says Håvard Odden, director of Vissim’s North Sea operations.
The regulatory requirement for oil spill monitoring and detection is that operators shall possess detection technologies which combined makes them independent of weather conditions. The two-in-one solution from Vissim allows both vessel tracking and oil spill detection through the same radar. A higher degree of sensitivity in image processing makes the new system less susceptible to false alarms caused by heavy rain, vessel wake and other phenomena.
Second contract in one year
Last autumn, Aker BP appointed Vissim to develop an expanded digital platform (dashboard) for oil spill monitoring and detection. This solution integrates input from several detection sources, including radars, satellites, sensors on subsea production equipment, and combine them into one, complete and easy-to-understand visual overview.
The new and upgraded oil spill detection solution will become an integrated part of Aker BP’s digital platform for oil spill monitoring and detection.
We are delighted with Aker BP’s and the Norwegian oil industry’s response to our new solutions. They clearly demonstrate that the E in HSE is a top priority for them alongside health and safety,adds Håvard Odden.
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Vissim is a software developer and turnkey sensor and infrastructure provider for advanced marine optimisation systems around the globe. The company is headquartered in Horten, Norway, and has offices in the UK and Slovakia, in addition to a global partner network.
Vissim helps clients worldwide to plan, monitor and optimize their offshore wind, offshore energy, port and coastal operations and assets, enabling more cost-efficient, safer and more environmentally and financially sustainable operations. Through digitalising the coastal and ocean space, Vissim provides maritime awareness through real time data and data analysis.