The value of the contract scope, with a fully realized dynamic digital twin, is around 100 MNOK, starting from Q4 2019. Kongsberg will use a digital twin to establish a dynamic virtual representation of the gas plant and its behavior, while Shell will simulate scenarios and optimize its real-life counterpart.

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Business benefits of digital twin technology for oil & gas industry include real-time view of a facility, its processes and production. Physical models and machine learning algorithms provide virtual sensors and insight into the non-instrumented part of a facility and can be used to spin up and manage model instances to perform What-If analysis, scenario analysis and discover the best options for optimization.

These capabilities can be used at existing assets to expand production, manage power consumption, reduce carbon footprint, and also to plan, design and construct new assets or modify existing facilities. Moreover, virtual collaboration and common situational awareness across disciplines can cut maintenance and operating cost and enable remotely operated assets and efficient operations centers.

The first stage of the delivery is set for fall 2019.

"With the implementation of the dynamic digital twin we believe Nyhamna will be at the forefront of digitalization in the oil and gas business, which is exciting to Shell and our partners at Nyhamna ... With the digital twin we expect new insights that we can leverage to further improve the productivity, reliability and performance of the gas facility."

noted Agnete Johnsgaard-Lewis,Managing Director, Norske Shell A/S.