China’s first intelligent offshore drilling platform installed

China’s first intelligent offshore drilling platform was installed on Friday, according to the project team of the COOEC in south China’s Guangdong Province.

The platform, named “Huizhou 26-6” and weighing over 30,000 tonnes, has a projected deck area the size of eight standard basketball courts.

In recent years, COOEC has accelerated the construction of intelligent oilfields by taking intelligent demonstration projects such as the Wushi 17-2/23-5 oilfield Group Development Project, the Bozhong 26-6 oilfield development project (Phase I), and the Huizhou 26-6 oilfield development project.

Among these intelligent demonstration projects, Huizhou 26-6 is the only drilling and production platform. The design and construction of the platform highlight the core concepts of integration, reuse and cost reduction, and apply the new generation of information technology to empower oil and gas development and achieve process reengineering.

“Huizhou 26-6” platform integrates five intelligent modules, including image intelligent processing device, edge intelligent computing station, data storage and communication device, data security control device and data acquisition Internet of Things platform, through intensive design.

The number of intelligent equipments on this platform is three times that of traditional platforms, which can improve productivity by 20% and reduce operation and maintenance costs by 10% annually, further building a new generation of offshore oil and gas exploitation operation mode that is “intelligent, safe and efficient”.

Wei Weirong, vice general manager of the project team, said the weight of the platform’s upper block exceeds the limit of the lifting capacity of the floating crane, so the natural force of tides and the latest ship-load adjustment technologies were used during the installation.

The docking accuracy of the block insertion tip and the jacket was at the millimeter level, said Li Tao, general manager of the oilfield development project.

The amount of intelligent equipment is three times that of a traditional platform, but the space is reduced by one third. It has a series of powerful functions, such as intelligent production, intelligent drilling, equipment health management, intelligent security, etc., which can improve production efficiency by 20 percent and reduce operation and maintenance costs by 10 percent per year, according to the project team.

Source: Xinhua

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