Statoil and Kongsberg Maritime have signed an agreement with Eelume, a NTNU spin-off company, to accelerate the development of new technology that will “significantly reduce costs related to subsea inspection, maintenance and repair operations,” according to a Statoil statement.
Eelume is in the process of developing a solution for underwater inspection and maintenance in the form of a swimming robot. With its snake-like form, the slender and flexible body of the Eelume robot provides access to confined areas that are difficult to access with existing technology. These robots will be permanently instaled on the seabed and will perform planned and on-demand inspections and interventions.
The solution can be instaled on both existing and new fields where typical jobs include; visual inspection, cleaning, and adjusting valves and chokes. These jobs account for a large part of the total subsea inspection and intervention spend.
“Eelume is a good example of how new technology and innovation contributes to cost reduction,” said Statoil’ s Chief technology officer Elisabeth Birkeland Kvalheim in a company statement.
“Instead of using large and expensive vessels for small jobs, we now introduce a flexible robot acting as a self going janitor on the seabed. To support smaller companies in bringing new technology to the market is an important part of our research portfolio.”
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