Technology highlights at PVN

15:52 | 31/05/2017 Science - Technology

(VEN) - The world is experiencing the fourth industrial revolution. Getting ready to enter the era of Industry 4.0 is a challenge for businesses. In this context, the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN) has identified the important role of science and technology in its development strategy.  

An oil-rig at Bach Ho oil field

Over the past more than four decades, PVN has made nonstop efforts to enhance its scientific and technological capacity in all three major sectors of the oil and gas industry: upstream, midstream and downstream, as well as in economic fields, management, safety assurance and environmental protection.

Along with modernizing its equipment and technology, PVN has promoted long-term research to implement its annual sci-tech plans in accordance with the group’s development strategy.

Research and experiments carried out by PVN have contributed significantly to its production and business results. Some research projects also provided the basis for the group to build its long-term development strategy.

To honor PVN for its significant contributions to the oil and gas industry, the Party and the State have presented the group and its member units many awards. These include the Ho Chi Minh Award for a project titled “Search, discover and effectively exploit the oil bodies in granitic rocks in pre-tertiary Cuu Long basin of Vietnam’s continental shelf”. Four other scientific research projects carried out by PVN have been presented the fifth Ho Chi Minh and State Awards for Science and Technology.

These include a project titled “Research, development and improvement the technology of collecting, processing and transporting crude oil under specific conditions of Vietsovpetro oil fields and connected oil fields in Vietnam’s continental shelf”. Conducted by Dr. Tu Thanh Nghia and his 29 colleagues from the Vietsovpetro joint venture, this project won the Ho Chi Minh Award for Science and Technology. It was highly appreciated for comprehensive research on and successful application of the technology of transporting paraffin-rich oil through offshore pipelines in Vietnam’s continental shelf, which is quite different from the world’s traditional technology.

Another project winning the Ho Chi Minh Award for Science and Technology is titled “Research on detailed design and technology for manufacture, assembly and launch of the 90m water-depth jack-up drilling rig under the actual condition in Vietnam”. This project was conducted by engineer Phan Tu Giang and his 16 colleagues from the PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard Joint Stock Company (PV Shipyard).

PV Shipyard has become the first Vietnamese company to design and successfully manufacture a jack-up oilrig according to international standards, ensuring absolute safety for humans and the facility itself throughout the process of operating under any conditions of the sea. The entire process of detailed design and manufacturing was inspected and recognized at an international level. Following the successful manufacture of the Tam Dao 03 jack-up oilrig, Vietnam has become one of the few countries capable of designing and manufacturing international-standard jack-up oilrigs, opening a new era of development for the domestic oil and gas sector.

This project has brought economic benefits to not only the oil and gas sector but also the whole country, allowing Vietnam to reduce imports and even export jack-up oilrigs. Its positive effects will stimulate the development of support industries to generate new jobs and promote sustainable growth of the Vietnamese economy.

Another project titled “Research on the best option for manufacturing, launching and installing a super platform in more than 100m deep waters under the actual condition in Vietnam”, conducted by engineer Tran Xuan Hoang and his eight colleagues from the Vietsovpetro joint venture, won the State Award for Science and Technology. The achievements gained through this project have created breakthrough changes in manufacturing, launching and installing oil platforms in Vietnam. The success of this project allows Vietsovpetro to be confident of its capability to bid for large oil and gas exploitation projects in the region and worldwide.

Research results applied by Vietsovpetro since 2010 have contributed significantly to the safe construction and installation of major works of the Vietnamese oil and gas sector, such as Dai Hung 02 oilrig with a platform weighing 4,500 tonnes, Moc Tinh platform weighing 6,500 tonnes, Hai Thach platform (7,500 tonnes), and Thien Ung platform (6,500 tonnes).

PVN is proud of its scientific and technological achievements which have contributed to Vietnam’s socioeconomic development, national security and sovereignty protection.

Ngan Vu