Automation and Robotics: Transforming Oil and Gas Landscapes

The Oil and Gas (O&G) industry, vital to the global economy, is undergoing a critical transformation driven by digitalization. Senior executives in OT and IT roles are at the forefront of integrating automation and robotics, a movement that is not just a trend but an essential evolution in a competitive and environmentally conscious world.

Real-World Examples of Technological Integration
  1. Shell’s AI-Driven Deepwater Exploration: Shell’s collaboration with SparkCognition has led to the use of AI technology for deep sea exploration and production, dramatically reducing exploration times and aiding in deep sea preservation​​.
  2. Shell and Equinor’s Vito Deepwater Platform: This platform, with a peak production capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, demonstrates a significant technological achievement in deepwater oil fields, achieving a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions and cost​​.
The Transformative Impact of Robotics and Automation
  1. Advanced Robotics: Robots like Houston Mechatronics’ Aquanaut represent a major shift in underwater operations, performing tasks with higher efficiency and at significantly lower costs​​.
  2. Operational Efficiency and Safety: Robots equipped with advanced sensors, such as ANYmal, enhance safety and efficiency, especially in hazardous environments​
Addressing Challenges and Benefits
  1. Enhanced Safety: Automation reduces the need for human involvement in dangerous environments, improving safety standards.
  2. Cost Efficiency: Technologies like Aquanaut aim to halve the cost of inspection, maintenance, and repair operations, a significant economic benefit​​.
  3. Operational Efficiency: Robots like ANYmal carry out routine inspections more efficiently, optimizing time and resources​​.
Implementation Challenges
  1. High Initial Investment: The introduction of these technologies requires significant capital investment.
  2. Technical Complexity: The operation and maintenance of these systems demand advanced technical expertise, presenting a challenge in workforce development.
  3. Integration with Existing Systems: Seamlessly integrating new technologies with existing infrastructure requires meticulous planning.
Future Landscape

The future of O&G is leaning towards a more interconnected and data-driven industry, with an increased use of AI, autonomous drones for exploration, and predictive analytics. These advancements promise a landscape prioritising efficiency, safety, and sustainability.


The journey towards a digitally transformed O&G sector is progressing, with automation and robotics playing a crucial role. As industry leaders gather insights at forums like the Digital Oil & Gas Summit, the focus on innovation and collaboration is key to meeting today’s challenges and redefining tomorrow’s energy landscape.

Join us at the Digital Oil & Gas Summit 2024

Automation & Robotics is one of the many critical topics will be discussing at this year’s Digital Oil & Gas Summit. Take a look at our agenda here!

Join us for FREE – To get your free delegate pass just register here using the code COMP

LIMITED SPONSOR PLACES REMAIN – With only 2 sponsor slots remaining be quick and get in touch now to find out more!

See you in May!

Request Access to this content

Please complete your below, and we will contact you with a password to access the information on this page.

By submitting your details above you agreed to be contacted by us regarding the Digital Oil & Gas Summit.