Gassco operates the largest subsea pipeline network in the world. They have worked in close partnership with Atmos to develop the functionality of Atmos’ simulation products.

Atmos SIM is used for advanced hydraulic modeling to simulate the behavior of gas in the pipelines. The state-of-art pipeline simulation software has been applied successfully to the 7,800 km (4,847 miles) subsea gas network delivering an annual volume of approximately 100 billion standard cubic meters of Norwegian gas to customers in Western Europe.

The look-ahead functionality allows the operators to predict the pressure trends based on gas demand and production up to 48 hours into the future so Gassco can optimize their operating schedule.

The benefits of Atmos SIM Online can be found in the papers presented at the Pipeline Simulation Interest Group (PSIG) conference:

Application benefit of the online simulation software for Gassco’s subsea pipeline network
Tuning of subsea pipeline models to optimize simulation accuracy

Atmos was also nominated for a 2013 Energy Institute award in the technology category for this implementation.

A case study is available here