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The digital energy company

The future of energy and the way to carbon net zero goes through digitalisation. When we talk about digitalisation in our industry, we mean:

  • Replacing manual or physical tasks with digital solutions
  • Streamlining work processes by reducing time spent on manual or repetitive work
  • Advanced analysis of data – to better understand and utilise the vast and complex data sets that can improve our decision making and performance
  • Robotisation and remote control, improving operational regularity, reducing cost and improving safety by reducing human involvement in dangerous tasks and environments
  • The internet and industrial internet of things (IoT, IIoT), big data, predictive and prescriptive analytics and artificial intelligence
Evmorfia Andritsopoulou. Senior Data Scientist. Equinor.

The brains behind artificial intelligence

Pumps, turbines, generators run our plants. We monitor them to prevent malfunction. But machines can fail. Ever since the Greek philosopher, mathematician and engineer Archimedes developed the idea of a machine, this has been an issue. Enter the Greek data scientist Evmorfia (Eva) Andritsopoulou more than 2,200 years later. Eva and her team use machine learning to predict malfunction before it happens. This is artificial intelligence at scale, with direct impact on operations and safety.

Find out more about AI on heavy rotating equipment

Transforming through robotics

Equinor is robot-ready. Years of investment in IT infrastructure, advanced data analytics, machine learning and AI, software development and third-party solutions, a cloud first strategy, all based on the recognition that data and connectivity will transform Equinor, our industry and society. We have the technical core to transform through robotics.

We use drones and robots to do more of the dangerous, dirty, distant and the dull jobs for us, leaving our employees to focus even more time on innovative tasks and solutions.

From inspection of chemical tanks to subsea pipelines, to maintenance work like sand blasting and painting, the robots and drones are transforming the way we work. They extend our reach and capability in environmental monitoring and are being tested for logistical flights offshore.

Looking for a job?

Do you see chaos or opportunity in 70 petabytes of data? And do you find purpose in developing the digital solutions for the future of energy? What about Europe’s energy security of today? Equinor offers a unique range of challenges and development opportunities for digital professionals, and we are hiring.

We have opportunities for digital professionals. Find out more

Equinor “street view” for platforms and plants

Wouldn’t it be great if Google Street View and Google Maps could show where to go in the vast jungle of pipes and valves in a plant? Our specialists agreed, and developed Echo, a “street view” and visualisation tool for digital twins. It is not easy to find the exact valve or a pump that needs fixing. Or it used to be difficult. With Echo it is easier to find the way than to get lost. The operators have all they need on a tablet, and can find equipment, simulate modifications, plan maintenance and collaborate in real-time. Or just find their way back to the office.

Find out more about digital twins in Equinor

3D printing parts to cut costs and emissions

If a part breaks down and impacts operations, it quickly gets very expensive. But so is having duplications of every possible part that can break. The solution is a digital inventory and 3D printing. Additive manufacturing can save money, the production can be done closer to where the part is needed and the process is often less CO2 intensive than traditional manufacturing. Coupled with a digital inventory, we can produce parts on demand, close to where the need is. And in the not-to-distant future, drones will fly the part from the production site to where it is needed.

Read more about 3D printing and additive manufacturing

A rock-solid cruise control

We will buy software solutions and applications if they are available, and if not, we can develop them ourselves. Like “Automated drilling control”, a cruise control for drilling, developed by a supplier in cooperation with Equinor’s engineers. With ADC we can avoid incidents, drill faster, take better decisions, reduce cost and improve safety in our operations. And that is no small matter when we drill 100 to 150 wells on the Norwegian continental shelf every year.

Data as a high-value biproduct of oil

In Equinor we use data in new ways to find oil, produce it more efficiently and with lower CO2 emissions. From the wells at the enormous Johan Sverdrup field, data flows up from the ground faster than the oil does. Many times faster. In fact, 10,000 Netflix movies-a-second fast. To keep track, our engineers and subsurface specialists have turned to data science. They can livestream vast amounts of data from 3,000 meters underground, and are developing machine learning algorithms to make it easier for the engineers to view the right “movie” to optimise the operation.

Find out more about data in Equinor
Data sharing

We’re sharing our data with the world.
Here’s why.

Did you know that data sets from our Northern Lights, Volve and Hywind Scotland assets are open and available to researchers and students?

If you didn’t — here’s why we’re sharing them, what they contain, how to access them, and what it’s been used for so far. Data is the new oil, and we’re sharing a lot of it!

By sharing data, we can foster new ideas to solve complex energy problems.

Make data available anytime, anywhere

Enabling our employees to make better decisions, faster through accessible data and insights

Developing digital competence to become an industry leader

Digitalisation is as much about the mindset and the culture, as it is about tools and technology

Predicting and preventing safety and security incidents

By gathering and visualizing relevant data, we provide all the information needed to keep our people and operations safe

Robots will make our work easier

By reducing everyday repetitive tasks and human exposure. Future energy production will be lighter, more subsea and remotely controlled