The Ghasha mega-project will use smart technology across all operations so that ADNOC’s operators, technicians, and site personnel can remotely access key activities across the project. Not only does the digital approach optimize work procedures and strengthen data integration, but it also improves real-time decision-making from sub-surface to drill centers and ground facilities.
Ghasha is a perfect demonstration of how ADNOC has incorporated smart technology across the board. Here are some highlights:
- The project’s remote facilities will be operated from a central control center in Al Manayif so that technical personnel can respond promptly whenever interventions are required. It will be one of the largest automation control systems in the Middle East, controlling all offshore and onshore operations. It is projected to handle information from more than 100,000 inputs and outputs that cover both analogs and digital.
- The project is the first oil and gas project in the world that will be a 100% unmanned operation for offshore facilities. It will use high-tech sensors, drones, rail cameras, and inspection robots. All robots, drones, and other moving vessels will be micro-chipped and monitored from the central control room located onshore.
- The project will use artificial intelligence such as predictive maintenance for all critical rotating equipment. It will also see the deployment and maximization of the Digital Twin technology to enhance onshore and offshore operation efficiency. The Digital Twin is a digital representation of the assets and process facilities, which will add value to production planning, production efficiency, performance, and personnel. It will capture, aggregate, analyze operational data, improve production system efficiency, as well as monitor and report assets performance.
- The project ensures that the safety of all offshore personnel is a top priority. In addition to the digital handheld devices for data access, reporting, digitized Permit to Work (PTW), the vital signs and location of personnel are monitored in real-time from the control room so that they are safe from harm at all times especially when they are working in remote areas or hazardous conditions.