Statoil, Yokogawa to collaborate on offshore noise study

Offshore staff

AMERSFOORT, the NetherlandsYokogawa Electric has an agreement with Statoil to jointly develop a field wireless system.

The duo will draw on their respective strengths in plant operations and ISA100 Wireless field wireless technology to develop a system that can map noise levels in real time at Statoil’s exploration and production facilities, as part of Statoil’s Wireless Noise Surveillance Project (WiNoS).

Statoil hopes the new system will provide real-time noise information during operations in noisy areas, and aims to use the data to improve risk control for personnel exposed to noise.

The intention is for the system to achieve compliance with the OHSAS 18001 specification. It will employ an ISA100 Wireless field wireless network to collect data from noise sensors distributed throughout a plant.

In real time, this data will be superimposed on a map of the plant that can be viewed in a central control room or via a cloud service, with the data saved and accessible at any time for analysis.

According to Yokogawa, field wireless systems are superior to wired systems in these applications. This is because it is easier to collect data from sensors spread out over a wide area.

Also, sensors can be installed in difficult-to-wire locations, and wiring costs are lower, even with systems employing many sensors.

Yokogawa will provide its technology and products to build the ISA100 Wireless communication system, and Statoil will determine the overall system specifications and conduct field tests.

Technologies developed by other Norwegian companies and research institutes will be used for the sensors and data visualization graphics.

Statoil and Yokogawa plan field tests of the system at an offshore platform in the North Sea to confirm its viability.


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