Alfa Laval signs offshore predictive maintenance agreement

Source: press release, 2 April 2020

photo: Alfa Laval
photo: Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval – specialist in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has signed a maintenance agreement with Aker BP, an oil exploration and development company, for Alfa Laval’s Framo seawater lift pumps to off-shore platforms in the North Sea. The order value is directly linked to facility uptime. The agreement has a duration of 6 years, with an option for an additional 6 years

The maintenance contract is a continuation of a pilot project that started second half of 2018 between Alfa Laval’s Business Unit Pumping Systems, Aker BP and the global AI software company Cognite, and represents a huge step within digitalisation and predictive maintenance.

Since 2018, large volumes of data have been sent from Aker BP’s offshore platforms to the mainland where they have been interpreted by Cognite’s systems. Based on the results, Alfa Laval has been able to evaluate the performance of the equipment and plan effective maintenance. Now with the new contract the cooperation prolongs with a duration of 6 years, with an option for an additional 6 years.

“In these extraordinary times I am very pleased to announce this interesting order in the connectivity area,” says Sameer Kalra, President of the Marine Division. “The system allows us to use real time data to monitor our offshore equipment ‘on land’. Thereby we not only can predict and plan effective maintenance and minimise the risk of downtime, but also analyse the design and operating profile, to the benefit of our customer.”