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Snam: technologies and people at the center of the new Asset Control Room

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Snam: technologies and people at the center of the new Asset Control Room

The new one is fully operational Asset Control Room (Acr) of Snam, the digital platform for the monitoring and integrated management of the group’s assets and activities which has already digitized 100% of its processes. The creation of the ACR – explains Snam in a note – is the result of work that has been involving several departments of the group for about four years and constitutes one of the pillars of SnamTec: the applied industrial innovation program that Snam undertook in 2018 and which has produced, to date, over 50 projects involving more than 200 people. Program that the group has also relaunched with the new one strategic plan 2023-2027presented in January, which provides for 11.5 billion euros in total investments (net of public funding of approximately 900 million), with an increase of 15% compared to the 2022-2026 plan.

At the center of Acr, in addition to technology, are above all Snam’s operational resources, enabled on all their devices, even on the move, by enormous quantities of data made immediately “speaking”, artificial intelligencerisk-based, predictive and simulation models, to which information from remote diagnostics and sensor technologieswhich help monitor the health of assets in real time, allowing them to evaluate their functioning and promptly detecting any anomalies.

Furthermore, through Acr, Snam people will have access to the digital twin of every single physical asset, thanks also to 3D geometric processing of networks and plants, fundamental for having a navigable, detailed and constantly updated photograph of the infrastructure situation. The platform is then flanked by a physical space, theEvolution Labwhere Snam people meet to imagine new advances and test technologies that can further improve processes.

“The Asset Control Room is the result of a path that has its creators and, at the same time, its beneficiaries in people – he explains Claudio Farina, chief strategy and technology officer of Snam – If on the one hand, in fact, it is a management platform to which many have contributed, on the other hand the interfaces with which it works are designed to make it simple, intuitive and for this reason including the operations to which colleagues, in the field and remotely, are called upon, even in non-optimal environmental conditions of use. The Asset Control Room, in other words, shows us that innovation is real when it manages to become a value for everyone.”

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Claudio Farina, chief strategy and technology officer di Snam

In fact, Snam recognizes innovation as one of the most transversal drivers of its strategy and, as also indicated in the strategic plan to 2027, leverages it in two fundamental directions, on the one hand using – for example with SnamTEC – proven technologies ( proven innovation), on the other hand also experimenting with new ones (open innovation), as in the case of hydrogen e CO2 capture, use and storage (CCUS). Over the course of the plan, all these projects will be supported overall by 400 million euros of investments. Through the SnamInnova and HyAccelerator programsfocused on the energy transition, since 2021 Snam has involved over 400 people from the group who have generated more than 300 ideas and examined more than 2,500 startups, financing among other projects an initiative dedicated to the capture, use and storage of biogenic CO2.

Some technologies that Snam is focusing on, for example hydrogen e CCUSare among the twelve that McKinsey, in a study, considers strategic for the energy transition. All technologies which, if implemented on a large scale, could reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions by 90%. The problem is that these are highly interdependent technologies that need to develop together, a condition, Snam observes, that clashes with their level of maturation (which is not homogeneous) and above all with their cost: only 10% of these are commercially competitive, while a further 45% are commercially available but will require further cost reductions through innovation and scale-up to become competitive.

To stimulate innovation and reduce costs, McKinsey analysis suggests that investments in climate technologies they are expected to grow by about 10% each per year and reach about $2 trillion by 2030, equivalent to about 1-2% of the global total.

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