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5 Key Ways Digital Oilfield Technology is Crucial to Recovery

26 May 2015

Oil and gas operators like Hess, ConocoPhillips and Anadarko are increasingly turning to digital oilfield technology as being the key to weathering the current oil price environment and allowing them to emerge with more efficient, streamlined operations. BP recently announced at OTC that using big data could help the organization pump another 85,600 barrels. 

50% of oil and gas companies will have advanced analytics capabilities in place by 2016. As GE recently outline at OTC – Big Data could help oil companies pump 80 billion more barrels of oil around the world – that’s a lot of oil currently being missed!

Here are 5 Key Ways that operators are looking to harness big data and the digital oilfield to maximize their production and have safe, efficient operations.

1)  Reliability and Maintenance - effectively monitoring the condition of equipment mean operators are increasingly able to predict when it likely to fail, leading to more efficient maintenance scheduling and less unplanned shutdowns. BP claimed that using big data to monitor the health of its production equipment could cut down on unplanned downtime and boost output by 10 percent, resulting in 214,000 extra barrels of oil per year.

2)  Production Optimization - real-time production surveillance provides engineers with an understanding of how the field is performing. Automation in onshore means operators are able to view the entire field allowing them to make short-term changes which optimize the flow of oil from the reservoir.

3)  Field development - Reservoir surveillance allows reservoir engineers to understand the behaviour of the reservoir as well as modelling certain scenarios using simulation software. This allows them to create long-term forecasting and to plan the placement of future wells or plan effective IOR and EOR strategies.

4)  Collaboration - Real-time operations centres can allow effective collaboration between separate disciplines. Traditional engineering silos are broken down by allowing reservoir, production, completions and operations engineers are able to sit side by side and share their expertize, allowing more holistic life of field management. This is also facilitated by collaboration and knowledge management software, which can centralize and store all data and information relating to the field, meaning the right people have access to it at all times and are able to view a complete history of the life of the field.

5)  Safety - mostly importantly of all, the digital oilfield can drastically improve safety in oil fields. By monitoring equipment in real-time, operators can be alerted in advance when a leak or event which may compromise the integrity of an asset is likely to occur and allow them to take action to prevent it. In the case of offshore production, real-time operations centres can reduce the headcount of staff needed on the rig, allowing them to monitor production from onshore.

To draw these key areas together, Upstream Intelligence is hosting the Data Driven Production Optimization Conference (June 16-17, Houston). Production engineers, reservoir engineers, IT and data management will gather to unite each of these 5 aspects to optimize production.

The program will feature digital oilfield best practices from operators currently leading the way in improving their operations including ConocoPhillips, Hess, Anadarko and BHP Billiton. For more information about the speakers, agenda and how to register visit: http://bit.ly/1BmOLCd and follow us on Twitter @UpstreamIntell
 


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