Remote and unmanned operations including subsea tie-backs have been in the industry and Equinor’s portfolio for decades, i.e. Tordis boosting, Åsgard
– and Gullfaks subsea compression and normally not manned platforms as Huldra and Valemon. From this knowledge and operational experience,
combined with innovation and digitalization, Equinor’s Remotely Operated Factory (ROF™) has emerged and matured into several possible remotely
operated and unmanned field development concepts.
Unmanned Wellhead Platform (UWP™) has successfully been implemented and started at Oseberg H. From this lean design philosophy, UWP™ has
further materialized to Unmanned Production Platform (UPP™) and Unmanned utility platform (UxP™), successfully targeting the corner stone of our
business; Always Safe, High Value and Low Carbon. Field development solutions based on the UPP™ concept in combination with subsea technologies
is assessed for several business cases. Beyond always safe which is designed into the unmanned and remotely operated facilities, stranded discoveries,
marginal fields and new exploration plays can materialize using UPP™ with reduced capex and opex compared to standard PDQ greenfield solutions.
Additionally, these concepts cater for further reduction in carbon intensity from our operations, enabled by simplified design solutions. A range of
solutions are shown in a ROF™ roadmap increasing the business opportunities and competitiveness for the future.