Why Remote Operations are more important than ever in 2024

25 June 2024

The offshore energy industry is constantly evolving, and in 2024, remote operations are increasingly important. Ashtead Technology is proud to offer this service that not only enhances safety and agility but also promotes sustainability.

What are remote operations?

Remote operations involve performing offshore tasks from onshore locations. This can include using advanced technologies, like underwater robots and real-time data analysis to inspect equipment, monitor well integrity, and even perform maintenance.

Ashtead Technology is a leader in remote operations, supporting our customers safely, flexibly and sustainably.

This rise of remote operations

Traditionally, the offshore energy sector has been characterized by complex, resource-intensive operations with inherent safety hazards. However, the industry’s focus on sustainability and cost-efficiency has led to the exploration of remote operations as a solution. Remote operations involve the use of unstaffed or minimally staffed vessels or platforms to conduct a wide range of offshore tasks, including inspections, maintenance, drilling and production.

The digital revolution has significantly impacted offshore operations, fostering the adoption of advanced remote technologies like unmanned surface vessels (USVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). These technologies have revolutionised the industry by reducing travel costs, bolstering safety and efficiency, and paving the way for a more sustainable and resilient future of offshore energy.

Why join the revolution?

  • Safety: By reducing the number of personnel required offshore, remote operations can significantly decrease the risk of accidents and injuries
  • Cost-effectiveness: Remote operations eliminate the costs of mobilising personnel, making projects more economical
  • Sustainability: Remote operations help reduce emissions by minimising the required size of vessels and reducing personnel transits (air travel, helicopters vessel port calls), promoting environmental responsibility
  • Efficiency: Remote operations centres allow specialists to collaborate seamlessly, regardless of location, leading to fast project completion.

Ashtead Technology’s Remote Operations expertise

Ashtead Technology boasts a proven track record in remote operations, with dedicated remote operations centres in the UK and Canada. Our Asset Integrity team utilise technologies like machine vision measurement systems and 3D imaging technology for remote inspections, ensuring the highest quality standards.

We have successfully delivered remote inspection projects around the globe, including the North Sea, West Africa, Australia, Brazil, Southeast Asia and the USA. Our remote operations solutions offer our customers flexibility and reliability. This is achieved by allowing inspection vessels to remain on-site and conduct additional work scopes eliminating unnecessary port returns

Our remote operations teams can be mobilised within 48 hours, provide continuous 24/7 coverage, and immediately stand down upon project competition. We also provide hybrid remote operations, combining the flexibility of remote service with on-site technical support through a model where one offshore operator collaborates with a back-to-back onshore remote operator, each working 12 hours.

The future of Remote Operations

As technology continues to advance, we can expect remote operations to become even more established. Ashtead Technology is well-positioned to be a leader in this field, offering customers the tools and expertise they need to succeed in today’s competitive environment.

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