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Superb subsea solutions

Superb subsea solutions

01/05/2006 | Channel: Offshore, Manufacturing

Siemens Oil & Gas is a solutions provider for the offshore industry, backed up by the size and world wide presence of the Siemens company

As a part of the large, international Siemens company, the Oil & Gas division is a world leader in the energy industry, with the backing of a strong and established organisation. The division offers a wide range of services and products, from own company, as well as from outside manufacturers, in order to provide the best possible solution to its customers. By sampling the high end of a number of product ranges to provide a full and diverse range of services, Siemens Oil & Gas is able stay at the forefront of the market, and keep its regular clients happy, as well as constantly attracting new customers.

Siemens was founded in 1847, and today it is active in a wide range of fields, employing over 460,000 people in more than 190 countries around the world. The Oil & Gas division is a relatively small side to Siemens, however it still has access to the full capability of the company's global operations and is a key part of the international organisation. Siemens Oil & Gas employs approximately 1000 people in projects spread over most of the countries in which the division is present. The key areas of focus are Norway, the UK, Houston in the US, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, The Middle East, Brazil and Russia. In these areas the company is responsible for the provision of a number of services for people onboard rigs, offshore topsiders and 'floaters', including the electrical distribution, automation, telecommunication and water systems, supplying potable water to the rigs.

In Russia the company has taken on a number of interesting and important projects. With the recent focus on finding new fuel reservoirs to tap into in order to supply the energy for the future, oil companies have been looking to the arctic region for reserves. Due to extreme environmental conditions in this area there needs to be significant development into the technology, as well as in the systems, in place. Backed by the diversity and power of the entire company, Siemens Oil &
Gas is able to respond to this, and therefore supply a more complete service to future projects in the north.

The executive vice president for Siemens Oil & Gas, Are Dahl, outlines the work that the company is doing in the north o Europe and Russia: "One of the key parts of Russia at the moment is the Barents Sea, because it is the first arctic oil development site. The oil industry in Russia is working to develop this region, and is co-operating with a number of organisations furthering this. It is expected that 25 per cent of the Oil & Gas that hasn't yet been found is in the arctic areas, so there is a concerted effort being made to move the industry there and we are a part of this. As an example we are providing the power generation modules for the first Russian unit in this area."

As well as the paying attention to the Barents Sea, Siemens is also working to push the industry forward with projects that use cutting-edge. "The Siemens Group is currently developing a subsea compression station," says Are. "This means that we can put the compressors on the seabed, with the power distribution, control system, and everything that is needed for compression underwater. This system is currently being prepared for full scale pilot test, and will be ready for the market before 2014. At that point it will be a key product and we'll have a wealth of experience of working with it."

The subsea stations will be installed in the Norwegian Sea, and when they have been proven the product may be an interesting alternative for other projects across the world, most notably in the Shtokman field, in Russia. This is a major project for future gas production in Russia, and it is an aim for Siemens Oil & Gas to provide solutions to the associated installations. "There are lots of other people trying to develop the same technology as us, but so far we are unique in this," continues Are. "Shtokman is set to be the largest offshore gas field, based in the sea north of Norway and Russia. For the project they may need subsea compression, so there is a race to master the technology needed. We have been well linked to this project, and we hope to take on contracts and be an important part of the field's development."

A focus for the company has been to assist the yards that manufacture the units for the Oil & Gas industry around the world. The most recent examples of this have been a link with the Chinese Yantai Raffles yard, and a contract for the major offshore specialist Sevan Marine. "The idea is that we enter into yards that are maybe not up to the full technological capability needed to produce such floaters," explains Are. "We offer a lot of services in order to help them provide the total manufacture package. We have people onboard at the yard, and we have people from the yard in our offices in order to do the engineering and to train them. All of this ensures that our installations really function when the rig is finished."

By improving the ability of a yard, Siemens Oil & Gas is helping both the customer and the yard, as well as making itself an important and integral part of the operation. This is a new way of working in the industry and has so far proved successful, as the company has gone on to form consortiums with large names in the manufacturing sector, including Rolls Royce.

With these projects acting as a new focus Siemens Oil & Gas is set to increase its standing in the industry, and become an even more vital part of the Siemens company.

In the late 90s Siemens Oil and Gas had challenges with document control and delivering the project documentation with the right quality at the right time. A project was started to procure the best Document Management solution with document process support for handling technical and project oriented documentation. After scanning the world market, our choice fell on ProArc from Software Innovation. A flexible system made for and with the industry, with superior functionality and the lowest cost of ownership. A product made and delivered by an organisation with 15 years of experience in the and used by many of our competitors and customers was key factors in the selection, "Gjerstad starts out.

"Today our customers are much happier with our performance and the delivery. Right and timely documentation is not an issue any more when repetitive business is in question. When bidding on new projects to new customers, documentation is always an issue. After demonstrating ProArc and our use of it, trust in our ability to deliver is established and document management is signed off the issue list, "says Gjerstad.

He continues: "In some projects Siemens is a supplier, but more and more often we are the main contractor with the responsibility for sub supplier's delivery as well. This used to be a major problem. With ProArc we can put pressure on you partners to deliver correctly, using reports for delivery and look ahead overdue lists and penalty when late delivery. To have this control, and our suppliers knowing us to have this control, has improved deliveries dramatically. Another highly appreciated effect is that the record management in the system, telling who has got what information when for what reason, has reduced the conflict level in the projects. There is no doubt, and our legal staff can concentrate on other issues.

"ProArc is extremely flexible. To set up new projects with different customer needs is done by our own staff, speeding up startup of new projects and keeping costs down.

The planning module gives us information on how finished the documentation really is, based on document packages and the real progress on each and every document. This is very useful, corrective information and input to our CTR calculations, "Gjerstad points out.

Onshore projects are more and more often done similar with the methodology in the Oil and Gas industry. This frustrates many suppliers since this is new to them. "Again we at Siemens are prepared for this development. At the moment I am involved with two major projects witch has taken ProArc into use with success. Siemens Installation use ProArc for a 1.2 billion euro hospital project AHUS, and Siemens Communication use ProArc in a 100 million euro GSMr communication project for Jernbaneverket, which owns the railroad infrastructure in Norway. Professional Document Management is a key issue in both projects to keep up speed, reduce errors and maintain margins," Gjerstad determines.

"To take a professional Document Management tool like ProArc into use is always a challenge for an organisation. The implementation demands management attention and is more of an organisational- than technical implementation. Work processes have to be redesigned and new ways of working is not popular with every employee.

"The response from customers after implementing ProArc is clear; our ability to deliver is dramatically improved. The response from suppliers is as clear, we have become a more demanding customer. Not to deliver to Siemens has consequences, "Dag-Vidar Gjerstad concludes.

Document management, is an integrated part of Project Management in Siemens Oil & Gas. Dag-Vidar Gjerstad, Senior Project Manager Siemens Oil & Gas explains further