​Maersk Drilling and GE accelerate digital partnership, target 20% efficiency boost

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Following a pilot project involving one vessel, one asset and one year, Maersk Drilling and GE are extending the scope of their digital partnership to nine subsequent vessels over a multiyear contract starting later this year.

The next step in the collaboration is targeting 110 key equipment assets, such as the top drive, draw works, thrusters and main engines.

GE’s SeaStream Insight Marine Asset Performance Management (APM) solution will be implemented to enable more consistent and predictable drilling performances on the nine selected units across Maersk Drilling’s fleet, ensuring an accelerated basis for time to value of the digital transformation, Maersk said.

By offering performance analytics for the rig, Maersk Drilling said it can reduce deviations and increase productivity enterprise-wide in drilling operations such as drilling, tripping in, tripping out, running riser and pulling riser.

Digital twins enable predictive maintenanceAnother digital milestone enabled through the partnership is predictive maintenance. Maersk Drilling and GE have developed digital twins—virtual representations of key equipment on the rig tuned through sensor and other equipment data—for the major drilling and marine systems equipment.

By using the digital twins in combination with GE’s zonal analytics, the digital solution can reduce unnecessary maintenance and its associated cost. The solution is able to detect equipment anomalies that could result in an equipment breakdown, providing foresight weeks in advance of pending issues.

GE’s SeaStream Insight APM solution provides real-time efficiency reports and performance indicators based on data gathered during daily offshore operations. The implementation of digital APM for the additional nine vessels will target 20 per cent maintenance cost reduction and improvements in drilling efficiency, according to Denmark-based Maersk Drilling.

“We believe that the systematic adoption of reliability-centred maintenance analysis and digitization will be a step change in our industry, and Maersk Drilling plans to lead the way. To do that, we must acknowledge the need to break down the industry silos and work collaboratively across the value chain, as the sharing of data will enable further digital breakthroughs, which can enhance efficiency and remove waste across the supply chain,” Jesper Hansen, chief information officer of Maersk Drilling, said in a statement.

“By scaling from one pilot project to fleets, it helps drive consistent drilling excellence at a global level, and this is how digital solutions will bring a multibillion-dollar impact to the industry,” added Tim Schweikert, president and chief executive officer, GE Marine Solutions.

“The extended partnership with Maersk Drilling speaks volumes of our partnership, our solution and the digital capability for the industry. Moving forward, we will continue to deliver measurable outcomes through the program and help Maersk Drilling and our partners better perform even during this period of industry downturn,” Schweikert said.