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Håvard Devold

Håvard Devold

Group Vice President / Digital Lead, ABB AS

Håvard is Chief Digital Officer for Oil, Gas & Chemical industries Business Unit He is part of the BU Management team and will develop and drive the BU’s digital business plan (solution roadmap, financial targets. Areas of interest include technology and execution models for large Multidiscipline projects, Electrical-Instrument-Control-Telecom and Mechanical Integration, Process Electrification, Subsea, Power to/from shore, Digital Oilfield, Smart Wells and Asset Management/Condition Based Maintenance.

Håvard is also country technology manager (CTM) for ABB Norway which is the main technology center for ABB in Oil and Gas, with responsibility for technology development across all business units. The CTM function has a focus on emerging and disruptive new technologies and cross unit opportunities, as well as cooperation with universities, research institutes and governmental functions.

Håvard is 59 years, and has worked for ABB since 1982 in positions ranging from software development, project management, sales and technology management. He has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway and the ABB Business Development program at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Håvard authored and continues to update the “Oil and Gas Production Handbook”, has published a large number of papers, and holds several patents with ABB.

Digitalization of Oil and Gas Maintenance Reduce Cost and Improve Operations

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Abstract: The active use of condition information are enablers for improved maintenance operations. Degradation can be discovered before in-operation faults occur, through equipment condition monitoring and predictive analytics. This leads to both cost reductions and safety improvement. Allowing all relevant data to be securely available in cloud type repositories allow us and others to use big data technologies to analyze failure patterns, failure modes and effects for equipment categories and identify systematic manufacturer or equipment type performance.

In normal situations even fractional improvements in plant uptime is by far the largest contributor to improved earnings. About 40% of production loss is related to preventable operator errors. In a normal plant, this could account for 1-2 % of total plant production capacity. The second contribution to plant uptime comes from elimination of unplanned shutdown. Condition based maintenance systems assist the operator in correct response to possible malfunction e.g. by shifting to redundant equipment or reduce load on equipment until maintenance action can be performed. In-operation failures can be reduced by over 90% and contribute an additional 2-3 % points to plant availability.

Finally the actual cost of maintenance is reduced by 15-40%. In classical maintenance we can show that over half the periodic maintenance actions are unwarranted, and half of those again tend to introduce new maintenance issues. In typical projects the total cost of maintenance operations is equivalent to half the EBITDA of the plant so these reductions is a significant contributor to improved financial performance.

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