Green and innovative solutions

Westcon Group has a strong focus on innovative and green solutions, and we want to drive forth good solutions and lay the foundation for growth and progress in the concern. With extensive knowledge about the sector, operational understanding and closeness to the market Westcon is a part of the future solutions within offshore, energy and maritime industry.

Onshore power supply

landstraumscontainer
Onshore power supply container and the ship Normand Progress.

Westcon Power and Automation’s (WPA) department on Husøy, Karmøy has developed their own onshore power supply solutions, and has delivered onshore power supply containers to Westcon’s own power supply projects. The power facilities can deliver 400/440/690 Volts at 50/60 Hertz and supply up to three rigs or several smaller ships at a time.

Onshore power supply at Westcon’s yards are one of our important steps for reducing global emissions and local pollution and noise, in addition to increasing the air quality. Rigs and ships can utilize onshore power supply when lying at the quay at one of our yards. This reduces the operating hours on generators which in turn reduce maintenance and fuel costs. Globally this contributes to a significant reduction of greenhouse gases such as CO2 and NOX and will be an important contributor in the green shift.

Inspectio

Inspection offshore
Inspector performing Ex inspection with Inspectio on tablet. The session will be uploaded to the Inspectio portal where the documentation will be ready for reporting. Photo: Torodd F. Ottestad.

Inspectio is Westcon’s own system developed by Westcon Power and Automation (WPA). It is a tool for completion Ex maintenance where the solution is so easy that the client can undertake inspections themselves.

With 20 years’ experience as a supplier within electrical services to rig owners, WPA developed solutions where the electrician that performs the maintenance work in the field is connected to a maintenance system such as SAP or IFS. This secures documentation after inspection and 30-40 percent better efficiency than previous solutions.

Read more about Inspectio.

e-SEAMatic®

e-sea matic er WPAs egen automasjonsplattform

e-SEAMatic® is Westcon Power and Automation’s (WPA) own automation platform. e-SEAMatic® is seamlessly integrated with other systems and can be configured to meet the clients’ specific needs so that smooth transitions are ensured. The system controls and monitors operational systems, and can be used within energy, marine and land-based industries.

e-SEA®

e-SEA® is an adaptation of the e-SEAMatic® platform. The system is tailored for smaller systems that require smaller project solutions and give the client a choice between technical solutions and components.

Some of our biggest products within e-SEA® are:

  • Sludge control systems
  • Alarm monitoring systems
  • Cargo control systems
  • Tank sounding systems
  • Winch control systems
  • Propulsion control systems
  • Thruster control systems
  • Power management systems
  • Rudder control systems
  • Gas detection systems
  • Energy control systems

Battery solutions

batteriløsninger for marine- og offshoremarkeder

Westcon Power and Automation (WPA) delivers battery systems for marine and offshore markets, but also as a part of reconstruction. The batteries are Li-ion of top quality and are tailored to each project. The battery solutions are adjusted to the projects by studying the vessels fuel usage and different scenarios carefully. The power supply between the batteries and the vessel are completed via “active front end”, IGBT controlled DC/AC or DC/DC.

Regular applications:

  • Hybrid propulsion systems
  • Backup power
  • Peak-Shave
  • Electrical propulsion systems

Benefits:

  • Reduces operational expenses with lower fuel usage
  • Less backup generators running
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Reduced emissions: PM, CO, NOx, CO2
  • Faster dynamic response
  • Increased redundancy

Projects and development

InApril

Westcon has since 2015 taken part in the development of the next generation of bottom seismic nodes. The Norwegian company InApril has run the development of the bottom seismic nodes where they have put a focus on data treatment and operational logistics.  

With these solutions bottom seismic tools are taken one step further and can yield large savings for seismic companies across the world. Westcon Power and Automation has contributed with the system development based on their solutions within the system Inspectio. Westcon owns approximately 18 percent of the company.

West Group - Continuous Motion Rig (CMR)

West Group has since 2010 developed a technology that makes it possible to drill continuously without having to stop to joint pipe lengths. The concept is called Continuous Motion Rig (CMR) and can also be used to decrease the risk when drilling as no workers are needed in the automatic process. This can cut almost half of the drilling costs and change the way in which drilling for oil is performed.

The concept is supported by The Research Council in Norway, Demo 2000, Equinor, Shell and Conoco Phillips. Westcon entered the company in 2019 and now owns 10 percent.

Norse Oiltools

The Norwegian company Norse Oiltools develops equipment for collecting steel shavings and swarf during down-hole drilling operations. The solutions also work when performing directional drilling operations and saves the operators and platform for well clean-up runs after drilling operations.

The solution is developed in cooperation with Equinor, Iris, the Research Council in Norway and Innovation Norway. Westcon acquired shares in the company in 2019 and now owns 34 percent.

Read more about Norse Oiltools here.