Bike and tube: Meet the robots that keep track of the Norway gas-flows to

OSLO (Reuters) – A magnetic robot that looks like a mini quad, and a four-foot snake-like machine are just some of the new tools in Norway, Europe’s second-largest gas exporter, after Russia, says it will contribute to the reduction of the maintenance of the gas plant and delivers it to flow.

A robot called a Bike, is to look at the Norsea Gas Terminal in Emden, Germany, on April 24, 2019 at the latest. Gassco/handout via REUTERS

Maintenance in Norway’s three most important plant, Nyhamna, Kollsnes and Kaarstoe, will be carried out every year and the country’s gas output, is of vital importance to the British and central-European market, has been reduced as a result, the impact on the price of fuel for the whole of the continent as a whole.

By the help of the new technology, as the operator, Gassco estimates of the impact of maintenance in the sum of the outputs at Kaarstoe and Kollsnes, an average of 2.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year from 2021 to 2025, a decline of about 3.5 bcm in the first five years.

The tools for collecting information, which is Gassco can be used to optimize the maintenance schedule, as of the inspection, robots, replace, can be time-consuming, and expensive inspections carried out by the human being and the significantly lower mortality for certain species of plants and equipment.

“The pre-work and post-work you need to do is to prepare the vessel to be safe and to send an inspector out there to take time and be costly. we have Now reduced this from time to time by 50-80%,” said Haakon Mr Ferkingstad, senior engineer at Gassco.

The new equipment includes a Bicycle, with a small, magnetic robot that Gassco has started at Kaarstoe and Nyhamna in the pressure vessel, and the tube-like machine which will inspect the pipe at Nyhamna later in the year.

The robots were developed by the European Union and co-funded a program called the Petrobot, and have been adapted for Gassco’s needs by the General Electric company.

Equinor companies, technical service providers, in the Gassco-operated plants, have also contributed in the development of the modified robots, with or without modification, including better quality cameras, and 3D modeling.

The robot can also be used in the event of an unplanned outage related to problems in the pipes or pressure vessels, the speed of a plant is returned to service.

Gassco said that, for the Kollsnes and Kaarstoe, and the anticipated maintenance-related impacts on the output for 2020 and 3.5 bcm; a little less than the 2 bcm to 2021, and 2022; 3.5 bcm for the 2023 and 2024, and again to 2 bcm for the year 2025.

It does not provide similar forecasts for the Nyhamna, and said maintenance, optimization, and was being worked on.

In norway, last year, passed 114.2 bcm of gas to Europe, the second-highest level on record.

Editing by Terje Solsvik and Mark Potter

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