November 23, 2016
Oil Rigs Of The Future
When you think state-of-the-art, you probably don’t think of offshore oil rigs. They seem like utilitarian pieces of infrastructure that have been around for decades. That’s true for most of them, but here are some of the most technically advanced oil rigs in the world
The Atlantis Deepwater Oil Rig
BP’s Deepwater oil rig is located in the Gulf of Mexico. Not only is the third largest oil field here but it’s also a technological marvel. The rig is designed to be semi-submersible and the production is supported with a mobile drilling unit. There’s also a system of wells that act as a network from which the rig can suck out oil.
Sakhalin Oil Drilling Platform
This oil rig is in Russia and the most impressive thing about it is the ability to withstand the climate here. It’s one of the only rigs to be operable in subarctic conditions. Not only does it work in these freezing temperatures, it’s able to drill for oil seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Not to mention that it can withstand a 9.0 earthquake and an 18-meter tsunami as well.
Statoil was one of the first subsea rigs in the world. It’s connected up with NEK606 cables and is now increasingly autonomous. The smart, futuristic design reduces costs and makes it easier to install extra pipelines.
Colorado Oil Rigs
When the Synergy Resources Corp decided to build an oil rig, they planned to use a technology straight out of science fiction – robots. The entire rig is robotic which means the crew can control it from the base with joysticks. They control how the pipes are placed and dug into the ground. Much of the complex machinery is automated. Pressure and depth are all controlled by algorithms designed for the rig.
Brutus is a massive oil rig not too far from Louisiana in the United States. The oil rig has a platform that is trussed to the seafloor with leg-like tendons. That clever design extends to how the crew are sustained as well. The rig produces its own electricity for use in the living quarters through solar power. It also has a mechanism for desalinating the surrounding water and making it drinkable. Of course, desalinating a few litres of water is no big deal when the rig is producing thousands of barrels of oil and millions of cubic feet of gas every day.
These are some of the most advanced oil rigs in the world. Robotics applications, specialist marine-grade cables made to a globally recognised standard NEK606, extreme weather-resistance, and green tech have all advanced rig design and propelled this industry forward.