The FPSO SKARV, a floating platform off the coast of Norway for oil and gas exploration, has recently taken on board the Roboze PLUS PRO industrial 3D printer. This enables the production of spare parts directly on site. Instead of storing a large number of spare parts, only the raw materials for 3D printing are kept on board. As needed, parts can be printed efficiently and on demand.
A partnership between Roboze, BIESTERFELD NORGE AS and AKER BP has made this initiative possible. A video created by Roboze illustrates the benefits and use of the 3D printer in the offshore industry. A key focus is the printer’s ability to produce components from super polymers and reinforced composites. These materials are particularly important with regard to corrosion issues in the oil and gas industry. The use of polymer components can reduce the risk of corrosion and associated downtime.
This project with FPSO SKARV could be considered a turning point in maintenance and offshore supply management. In addition to increasing operational efficiency, environmental impacts are also minimized through waste reduction and on-site production.
In conclusion, this project opens the door for future applications of industrial 3D printing in the offshore industry and demonstrates how digitization can be driven by innovative technologies like Roboze’s.