Establishing a Digital Centre of Excellence
Statoil generates vast quantities of data. Now we’re accelerating our digitalisation efforts by establishing a Digital Centre of Excellence and launching a digital road map.
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Digitalisation will enable improvements in safety, security, sustainability, productivity and cost efficiency.
This digital shift will change our industry forever—and we are positioned to seize the opportunities it presents.
New fields will integrated gradually over time, to allow us to learn and adapt to new work processes. We will gain superior situational awareness, thanks to data from all our installations. And with predictive analytics, we can make sure that we run our assets and wells in an optimal way.
It all sounds quite technical, but it can improve safety, increase production, reduce costs, and reduce CO2-emissions. Our ambition is that our integrated operations centre for the NCS alone will be able to deliver increased production and production efficiency worth in the order of 10 billion kroner before tax every year in a decade’s time.
That is real money, real value creation. For Equinor, for our partners, and for society as a whole.
Digitalisation is not just about new technologies, but also about radically changing the way we work.
And that’s because our most important resource isn’t oil, gas, or even renewables—it’s people. And in Equinor, we’re already well prepared with competent employees. No matter how advanced artificial intelligence gets, it will always be the people who define our success. To succeed, we must attract world-class talent, invest in competence building internally, and be open to collaboration and learning from others.
The Centre of Excellence will collaborate with external specialist communities, have dedicated units for data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and leaders for digital programmes.
Equinor will recruit candidates for the centre of excellence internally and externally, and the leader of the Centre reports to Equinor’s chief operating officer (COO).
Reduced process lead time and manual human input for non-physical processes
Improved understanding of large, complex and diverse data to enable more informed decision-making
Robotics and remote control
Improved reliability, reduced cost and increased safety by limiting human intervention in physically intensive activities
To fully exploit the opportunities latent in this digital future, there are three technological enablers we see as key to Equinor’s development: