The Kårstø processing plant in northern Rogaland is Europe's largest of its kind. Up to 90 million cubic meters of gas flow daily through the pipes at Kårstø. The plant is an important player in the transportation and treatment of gas and light oil from the Norwegian continental shelf. Now, KAEFER Energy is testing how the use of web solutions and tablets can streamline selected work processes at the Statoil-operated facility.
Project manager for KAEFER at Kårstø, Torleif Susort, is optimistic and emphasises that the new digital solution will support a seamless performance of work routines in line with traditional Lean practices. “All tools that simplify work processes in a smart way are welcomed at Kårstø, and therefore this project fits very well with our long-term focus on Lean methodology. We see great opportunities for increased efficiency in a number of work routines using this solution, but focus first on documentation and quality control. The long-term goal is that this will be our way of working - with all data in a system, perfectly adapted to our needs.”
The tablet as a new colleague
“Our solution is very flexible. It allows us to handle all inspection and documentation requirements - whether you have to take pictures or sign for work done. By using the tablet out in the field, complete real-time information from inspections and daily logs flow right into the database and are available in the reports directly.”
What difference do you think the digital solution will make in the future?
“Combined with real-time updated reports and "dashboard", the solution will briefly provide us with time savings and reduced paperwork - while offering better and faster updated documentation to our customers. I would call it a classic win-win situation.”
Construction Manager at Kårstø, John Høines, agrees with Susort and believes that the project also creates profits for the other players at the plant. “Digitisation is about simplification and improvement, fully in line with Lean-based working methods. KAEFER Energy is one of our suppliers who has worked the longest with Lean, and it is clear that this project creates rewards for both them - and us as a customer” concludes Høines.
Inspection and documentation are only the beginning
Kårstø is one of two locations in Norway where KAEFER Energy has started digitalisation projects. Susort says that the focus on documentation will soon expand to also cover planning and implementation of work. Inspections and documentation are only the beginning. The digital system will be further developed throughout 2018, while expanding its use internally at Kårstø as well as on Aker BP's five fields on the shelf. This is how we cover more work processes. The overall goal is to complete an entire project management solution that can be introduced into several projects.
How will this solution look like?
“Well, the solution will be connected to existing scheduling and timing systems, thus exploiting the potential of data sharing and data flow. The goal is for the solution to support planning and follow-up of processes at the lowest possible level in the organisation. Last year, we finished a digital production management tool for the prefabrication workshop in Stavanger, which I think could be a useful complement to the planned solution. We have big plans in the future, and the projects we prioritise now help prepare KAEFER Energy for the digital future” concludes Susort.