Statoil is planning to raise more than $2bn from 2020 to 2025 through establishing an integrated operations support centre (IOC) and drilling operations facility in Bergen, Norway.

Beginning this year, the company intends to connect the centres to all of its installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) in a phased manner, with Gina Krog, Grane, and Åsgard set to become the first fields to be connected.

In order to enhance value from the operated fields on the NCS and achieve operational as well as production efficiencies, the company plans to invest between Nkr1bn ($127.7m) and Nkr2bn ($255.39m) in digital technologies up to 2020.

Statoil COO Jannicke Nilsson said: “The possibilities provided by digitalisation will change our industry and the way we work, and create higher value for us and society.

“The centres are good examples of how we keep applying digital technology to work smarter, safer and more efficiently.”

The development comes after the company opened an operations support centre in the US, which is currently monitoring more than 1,100 onshore wells.

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“We will be able to control the maintenance work in a better way and improve safety and operational quality.”

It is expected that the IOC will further improve the interaction between offshore and onshore, as well as the company’s interaction with suppliers and partners.

Nilsson added: “Digital technology contributes to continuous operational improvements on our existing fields. In new field developments, oil and gas production will to an increasing extent be carried out from unmanned, robotised, standardised, and remote-controlled installations.

“Many operations will be carried out by fewer risk-exposed working situations. We will be able to control the maintenance work in a better way and improve safety and operational quality.”

With the establishment of the second centre, the company will have more cost-effective and better geoscience support of drilling operations.

The IOC is expected to open after the mid-2018, while the other centre will deliver support services by the third quarter of this year.