5 Offshore logistics

Offshore logistics

Logistics play a significant role in the safe and efficient operation of the offshore energy system. The offshore energy sector is currently facing major changes as a result of the planned decline in offshore gas production and the rapid growth of offshore wind energy.

Logistical co-operation between the gas and wind sector leads to large cost savings and emission reductions

Reducing costs and emissions

It is of importance to reduce costs and emissions by optimising Operations and Maintenance (O&M) in the wind and gas sector. To achieve this, O&M is increasingly shifting towards predictive and preventive maintenance, resulting in decreasing frequency of visits. The costs of O&M for the gas sector are heavily determined by the challenges posed by older offshore gas assets. This leads to an increased frequency of interventions and visits.

Significant cost and emissions reductions can be achieved in logistics if various operators, as well as the gas and wind sectors, work together. Digital developments can be of great importance in harnessing the benefits of such integrated logistics in the offshore sector.

Research objective

We will look at synergies in shared logistics for offshore gas and wind O&M to reduce costs and emissions. We will also look at emerging technologies such as digitalisation, automation and predictive maintenance. A possible outcome of this is that we may encounter digital technologies that are also relevant for an integrated energy system in our research.

In addition, we will address the regulations of shared logistics in conjunction with work package 2.

Research activities

  • Identification of key challenges and technologies for Operations & Maintenance
  • Investigation into the feasibility of shared smart logistics
  • Logistical demo-tool and evaluation