Digitalization, artificial intelligence and resident subsea drones to support the safe, economically and environmentally sustainable depletion of subsea gas fields and contribute to the energy transition

September 5, 2020 6:00 - 7:30

Location: Room 28H


While renewable energies will grow their contribution to the world energy demand, fossil fuels will remain the principal energy source for the coming decades. Among fossil fuels, natural gas has the least severe environmental impact and will be at the basis of the world energy transition. As the majority of the natural gas reserves are located offshore, some of which in deep waters, the industry is asking itself how those reserves could be depleted in a sustainable way.
The digital transformation of subsea fields will certainly provide answers to the above questions when associated to the application of artificial intelligence for the analysis of the collected big data and to predict the short to long-term integrity of subsea assets. Moreover, a new generation of subsea drones, conceived to remain resident subsea for a continuous collection of data and for emergency intervention on subsea assets, will further increase the safe and sustainable operations of those fields. Digital twins of the subsea assets associated to resident robotics will also significantly reduce the intervention of surface vessels to support inspection and intervention operations with the immediate beneficial effect on the overall carbon footprint and on the operational costs of the subsea field.
Finally, the same digital and robotic technologies are available for the continuous assessment of water pollution, detection of any source of natural gas leaks, that has a much stronger greenhouse effect than carbon dioxide, and monitoring the evolution of coral, seaweed and wildlife.

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