Troughout 2021 OpenLab has been used extensively to prepare for the first demonstration of autonomous drilling at Ullrigg in Stavanger. In the context of autonomous drilling, the system decides and executes by itself every action that shall be taken and this without human intervention. In week 36 the project successfully demonstrated the technology at Ullrigg after weeks of preparations in OpenLab.
The research and development of an autonomous drilling system is conducted as part of a NORCE-led project, financed by The Research Council of Norway and AkerBP, Equinor, Petrobras, Repsol, TotalEnergies and Vår Energi, through the Demo2000 program. This is a joint work between NORCE, Sekal, NOV and Odfjell Drilling. The project is entitled “Demonstration of Autonomous Drilling Process Control” (DADPC) and the demonstration was performed on NORCE’s full-scale offshore type drilling rig, Ullrigg.