PaleBlue Delivers VR for Oil Rig to Neptune Energy

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PaleBlue entered a contract with Neptune Energy in order to develop a novel Virtual Reality solution for oil platform familiarization. The platform in question is Neptune Energy’s Gjoa platform, located in the North Sea.

The project is set to create a familiarization and safety training simulator in Virtual Reality, allowing to build up knowledge and awareness of the complex multi-level facility without the need to travel, which will be a great cost saver. The specialists using the VR solution would then be able to get to know the Gjøa oil platform prior to their first trip offshore, and thus become more effective in their work tasks while on the actual job. Neptune Energy has a strong focus on optimizing all aspects of the HSE&Q area for their employees. This investment in the VR-training simulator is an important contribution to this. In addition Neptune Energy is very conscious of their impact on the environment. The reduced travelling will be a considerable contribution to save greenhouse gases, and one of several areas aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

A comparison of the real oil rig and the digital twin in VR

The first phase of this collaboration is a Proof-of-Concept research and development. The goal of this phase has been to select and test-drive the technology and the business case for further expanding the solution into other application areas.

Perception of the oil platform in virtual reality

The Proof-of-Concept has already been developed and delivered. PaleBlue engineers created a highly-optimized software VR solution for processing a large amount of data that any industrial facility would have. This is while maintaining good performance, realistic visuals, and establishing a smooth and valuable user experience.

A comparison of the real platform and the VR one

This has been a project that has delivered on all milestones. We see this technology as incredibly exciting and valuable for other areas that we are looking into. This type of visualization can be used both within HSEQ, D&W, new subsea projects and complex operational activities that must have good planning in advance. When we return to normal, we also look forward to involving subcontractors in this. It will give them a unique knowledge of Gjøa before going offshore and will save Neptune hopefully both money and increase safety in the long term. Arne Bekkeheien, Maintenance Method and Mechanical Manager at Neptune Energy

The companies, PaleBlue and Neptune Energy, are exploring the possibilities in working together within bringing the benefits of 3D, real-time training simulation and Virtual/Augmented Reality technologies to the Neptune Energy’s operation domain.

Both PaleBlue and Neptune Energy issue press releases with the information about this project and the collaboration. Read the press release from Neptune Energy at their website.

The restrictions and all the consequences of COVID19 have introduced challenges to operations for many companies. By doing the familiarization training in a virtual real-feel world, even from home, companies avoid travelling restrictions, save time and costs, and will be 100% prepared for the crucial knowledge of the rig when they physically arrive offshore. Doing repetitions of learning programs is crucial for better knowledge retention. The immediate and easy access to the training that Neptune Energy has now, will improve the overall knowledge level for all personnel. Egil Thomas Andersen, Account Director at PaleBlue

About PaleBlue
PaleBlue is the leading provider of immersive technologies and training solutions. Company’s focus is on achieving excellence by delivering value-driven solutions enabled with AR and VR technology. PaleBlue VR and 3D simulators are built for the real world and help businesses worldwide to save costs and better prepare for real-life situations and emergencies. PaleBlue solutions help the clients to follow United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

About Neptune Energy Norge AS
Neptune Energy Norge is a subsidiary of Neptune Energy. The company is the operator of the Gjøa field in the North Sea. It has two operated development projects: Fenja and Duva. In 2020, the company made the Dugong discovery, which is now being considered for development. The Company is a partner in several producing fields: Bauge (under development), Brage, Draugen, Fram, Gudrun, Hyme, Ivar Aasen, Njord and Snøhvit. Neptune Energy Norge is a participant in a total of 81 licences. For the full year 2020, Neptune produced 55 kboepd in Norway.

About Neptune Energy
Neptune Energy is an independent global E&P company with operations across the North Sea, North Africa and Asia Pacific. The business had production of 142,000 net barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2020 and 2P reserves at 31st December 2020 of 601 million barrels of oil equivalent. The Company, founded by Sam Laidlaw, is backed by CIC and funds advised by Carlyle Group and CVC Capital Partners.

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