Equinor partners with Microsoft for cloud services, paving way to digital transformation
Equinor seen as one owner-operator reaching for the clouds and a digital future
ARC takes every opportunity to shout from the rooftops when an owner-operator takes action to help them on their path to digital transformation and operational excellence. Equinor (fka Statoil) is the one operator which ARC has pointed to in the past as being the most progressive in terms of adopting digital technologies, IIoT-enabled solutions and testing/proving these new technologies in the field. One cannot overstate the importance of Equinor’s efforts since it most definitely paves the way for other operators who may be more conservative to adopt and deploy IIoT-enabled solutions to help lower cost per boe, increase production and recovery rates, and improve operational synergies and collaboration among their respective ecosystems – both internal and external. Everyone benefits when oil companies can make a profit at lower oil prices since it costs less to fill up my gas tank, costs airlines less to fuel their jets, and lowers the costs of a number of products manufactured from crude oil derivatives.
Equinor and Microsoft have recently entered into a strategic partnership agreement. As part of the agreement, Equinor will provide industry knowledge and business needs to support Microsoft in developing new solutions for our industry. Microsoft will provide expertise to accelerate Equinor’s IT development and establish new data center regions in Stavanger and in Oslo.
Cloud Services Empower a Digital Transformation
The partnership with Microsoft enables Equinor to shape and accelerate the development of fit for purpose IT services for the energy industry, and secure a faster transition to the cloud. Leveraging the cloud is a prerequisite for the energy industry’s transformation towards a digital future. Secure, reliable and cost-efficient operations are a requirement for Equinor’s adoption of the cloud.
“The rapid technology development creates new opportunities, and the partnership enables our digital journey to deliver more safe, secure and efficient operations. Equinor’s ambition is to become a global digital leader within our industry, and a cloud data center in Norway will simplify and accelerate Equinor’s adoption of the cloud,” says Åshild Hanne Larsen, chief information officer.
Partnerships succeed best when complimentary expertise is leveraged for a common goal
The strategic partnership is a seven-year consumption and development agreement in the hundreds of millions of dollars (USD). The agreement will be a platform to identify innovative solutions for the energy industry and further capitalize on common business opportunities. Equinor and Microsoft will secure the desired outcome by committing key industry and technology expertise.
“Equinor has a history of innovation and technology development. Extending our long-standing collaboration with Microsoft enables continued IT-innovation, business growth and furthers our digital ambitions. The strategic partnership will, through cloud services, involve development of the next generation IT workplace, extended business application platforms and mixed reality solutions,” says Åshild Hanne Larsen, chief information officer.
ARC believes that as more owner-operators, independent E&P players, oilfield service providers, and other industry stakeholders push forward on their own digital transformational journeys, the oil & gas market will build up its immunity to price swings and help provide safe, more affordable and viable energy resources to mankind worldwide, especially those living in parts of the world where access to reliable and affordable energy is not a reality today.
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About the Author:
As a senior analyst at ARC, Tim’s research primarily focuses on upstream oil & gas automation as well as Digital Oilfield technologies.
Tim’s focus areas include upstream oil and gas operational activities in support of the Digital Oilfield including multiphase flow metering, oilfield operations management systems, artificial lift optimization, leak detection systems, drilling optimization, compressor and turbine monitoring & controls, and general field devices such as radar and ultrasonic level measurement devices, and pressure transmitters, among others.