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AI Solutions for Operational Efficiency in Upstream O&G

Solution

Management Foresight & Control, Corporate Full Knowledge, Staff Prepared & Productive, Seamless Collaboration, Top Performance

NetGas R&D

AI Solutions for Operational Efficiency

  • AI Real-Time Plan Execution Optimization
  • Financial and Activity Execution Efficiency Improvement for Operations and Projects through Integrated Planning and Execution Optimization
  • TPM Loop of Continuous Operational Performance Improvement
  • Automated detection and ranking of problems to solve, monitoring of progress
  • AI Well Portfolio Production Optimization
  • Predictive and optimized production and well portfolio management – squeeze more production with less effort
  • AI Predictive Coordination Center of Operations
  • Control Center coordinating complex Operations through seamless Integration, Prediction and Collaboration
  • AI Optimal Pipeline Network Operation
  • Predictive and optimized demand-supply balance for hydrocarbon transportation through pipeline networks
  • Prediction and Prescription based Efficiency Improvement for Industrial Processes and Equipment Reliability
  • AI Predictive Operation and Maintenance

AdmoWell

AI Well Portfolio Production Optimization

Challenges
  • Wells discontinued prematurely
  • New wells costly drilled
  • Costs for old well workover/extension < costs for new well
  • Immediate production capacity of renewed well > new drilled well capacity
  • Wells hold too long time idle, waiting workover
  • Wells not shut-in/opened optimally => low well production & value
Consequences
  • Field production below expectations
  • Production development (CapEx) & maintenance (OpEx) costs far too high
  • Too long time to + cash flow
  • Poor NPV & IRR Performance
  • Higher risks
  • 9% weakest ROACE among all industries

Main challenge addressed

Currently, reserve replacement (mainly drilling) costs are 20 US$/boe @ final recovery rate [RR] 35%. But, possible RR today: 55% (20% untapped) thus, 9-11 US$/boe too much spent

Solution

Predictive and optimized production and well portfolio management – squeeze more production with less effort

Capabilities
  • Determination of dynamic flow rates/gas-oil-ratio/watercut/wellhead pressures dependency rules for producing wells
  • Clustering of wells according to similarities in above rules
  • Short-term forecasting of bottomhole (reservoir) pressures for open/shut-in wells and production capacity for producing wells, by using rules and clusters from above and generic static geologic characteristics
  • Determination of optimal shut-in/open times
  • Determination of best fitting workovers to wells and their condition
  • Well value calculation
  • Determination of best wells for workover and best geographic position for drilling, for discontinuation
  • Economic optimization of well portfolios
Operational Effects
  • More production from existing active wells through optimized shut-in/opening
  • Revitalization of idle and abandoned wells at lower costs, with higher RR
  • Abandonment of non-profitable wells
  • Well and field life extension

Intelligent collaborative solution for production and well engineers, operations and asset managers; operational and capital efficiency

Augment Operational Performance
  • Operational regularity increased 25%
  • Higher production capacity 2-3%
  • Asset condition improved 35%
  • Staff and asset productivity increased 45%
  • Operational problems decreased 25-30% annually
  • Corrective maintenance reduced 30%
  • Regular inspection and preventive maintenance steadily reduced and replaced by the more effective and cost-efficient predictive maintenance campaigns
  • Reduced Costs in operations and maintenance 5-10%

Benefits

Elimination of unplanned process disruptions and equipment failures, continuous operational efficiency improvement

AdmoduNet

AI Optimal Pipeline Network Operation

Main challenge addressed

20% of hydrocarbon transportation disruptions over pipeline networks not handled, 40% handled with financial loss.

Challenges
  • Operators overwhelmed by critical dynamic situations during pipeline network operation
  • Difficult to adjust physical network operations to demand and supply variability
  • New dynamic situations result in not optimal modes of operations
  • New pipes require new unknown modes of network operation
  • Missed revenues in dynamic op. situations, excess costs for extensions
Consequences
  • Missed delivery volumes
  • Unplanned shutdowns
  • Decreased revenues & margins
  • Unplanned OpEx & CapEx
  • Poor delivery quality & fines
  • Poor Operational Efficiency Performance
  • 9% weakest ROACE among all industries
Capabilities
  • ISimulation and optimization of commercial nomination requirements
  • Conversion of commercial into physical gathering & blending requirements
  • Dynamic simulation of physical gathering and blending, under consideration of demand-supply balance, supply quality, delivery obligations, temporary constraints and costs. Issue execution plan from optimal resulting scenario
  • Real-time detection or prediction of process and equipment performance and functionality issues
  • Determination of alternative prevention and contingency actions under consideration of procedural framework and current operational constraints
  • Integrated with accurate demand and supply forecasting with EgeoTell and AdmoWell
Operational Effects
  • Avoid demand-supply imbalance, assure delivery quality, reduce OpEx
  • Align dispatch with commercial, planners and management
  • Dispatch, planners and management in control of operations

True Industry 4.0 and Integrated Operation Solution: coordinates Edge based sensors, automation, intuitive human collaboration

Solution

Predictive and optimized demand-supply balance for hydrocarbon gathering & blending through pipeline networks

Benefits

Elimination of unplanned hydrocarbon gathering disruptions, balanced demand-supply, high blending quality, continuous operational efficiency improvement

Augment Operational Performance
  • Operational regularity increased 25%
  • Higher production & gathering capacity 2-3%
  • Asset condition improved 35%
  • Staff and asset productivity increased 45%
  • Operational problems decreased 25-30% annually
  • Corrective maintenance reduced 30%
  • Regular inspection and preventive maintenance steadily reduced and replaced by the more effective and cost-efficient predictive maintenance campaigns
  • Reduced Costs in operations and maintenance 5-10%

DictumPro

AI Predictive Operation and Maintenance

Challenges
  • Frequent equipment and vehicles breakdowns
  • Leaks, liquid carry-over in separators, fouling of heat exchangers
  • Poor performance of chemicals
  • Alarm floods in the control room, excess urgent and unexpected maintenance intervention
Consequences
  • Unplanned shutdowns
  • Blind equipment and vehicle replacement
  • Production deferment or loss
  • Accidents
  • Unplanned OpEx & CapEx
  • Poor Operational Efficiency Performance
  • 9% ROACE – weakest among all industries

Main challenge addressed

70% of industrial process disruptions and equipment failures, operators are not prepared to handle.

Solution

Prediction and Prescription based Efficiency Improvement for Production Assurance, Equipment Reliability, HSE

Capabilities
  • Real-time detection or prediction of process and equipment performance and functionality
  • Monitoring, ranking and display in real time of large numbers of process and equipment upsets with their criticality and risk
  • Causal analysis with determination of degradation and failure modes in automatic iterations
  • Determination of alternative prevention and contingency actions under consideration of the standard regulation and procedural framework, as well as current operational constraints
  • Operational prescriptions to avoid or delay the appearance of a disruption
  • Optimized preventive maintenance interventions based on the actual condition of the equipment.
  • Grouping interventions to minimize the number of shutdowns.
Operational Effects
  • Continue operation despite abnormal process and equipment states
  • Process & equipment performance improvement
  • Operators, engineers and management in control of operations

True Industry 4.0 Solutions: coordinates Edge based sensors, robotic based automation, intuitive human collaboration

Augment Operational Performance
  • Operational regularity increased 25%
  • Higher production capacity 2-3%
  • Asset condition improved 35%
  • Staff and asset productivity increased 45%
  • Operational problems decreased 25-30% annually
  • Corrective maintenance reduced 30%
  • Regular inspection and preventive maintenance steadily reduced and replaced by the more effective and cost-efficient predictive maintenance campaigns
  • Reduced Costs in operations and maintenance 5-10%

Benefits

Elimination of unplanned process disruptions and equipment failures, continuous operational efficiency improvement

ActumPro

AI Real-Time Plan Execution Optimization

Main challenge addressed

Misaligned and not closely monitored operational, project and budget plans lead to major economic losses.

Challenges
  • Activities planned without ensuring resources
  • Plans executed without quality control
  • Budget excess noticed after execution
  • Projects and interventions planned without aligning with production
Consequences
  • Production disruptions and loss
  • Excessive costs for urgent/emergency logistics
  • Rework caused by poor quality
  • Time and costs overrun
  • Unplanned OpEx & CapEx
  • Poor Efficiency in Projects and Operations
  • 9% ROACE – weakest among all industries
Capabilities
  • Integrate plans from all disciplines and departments (refining, distribution, projects, maintenance, purchase, contracting, budgets, quality assurance, etc.), in all time horizons (annual, monthly, daily schedule)
  • Use activity execution logic from existing systems, capture best practices from execution history, definition/improvement/detailing execution logic
  • Simulate and optimize integrated plan, adjust departmental and time horizon plans
  • Allocate resources one-to-many and many-to-one
  • Monitor plan execution with outcome prediction for duration, costs, quality and resources
  • Detect and alert deviations from plan
  • Re-optimize remaining activities to achieve performance closest to expected
Operational Effects
  • Significant reduction of costs and time overruns, of delivered quality defficiencies
  • Avoidance of rework, unfinished activities, missed targets
  • Planners, management and activity execution staff in control of outcome

Full Activity Governance & Control:integration and optimization of planning and execution in time, costs, quality and resources dimensions

Solution

Financial and Activity Execution Efficiency Improvement for Projects and Logistics through Integrated Planning and Execution Optimization

Benefits

Full control over operational deployment through optimized integrated plans, predictive execution deviation identification and optimized adjustment

Augment Operational Performance
  • Uncompleted activities and rework reduced 35%
  • Planned costs and time overrun in distribution, projects, maintenance and operations reduced by 60%
  • Personnel and equipment/vehicle productivity increased by 40%
  • Project and operational costs reduced 10%
  • Shutdown time (planned & unplanned combined) reduced by 30%
  • Production increased by 2-3%
  • Average production expectations for wells exceeded after Workovers and Interventions
  • Operational regularity increased by 25%

AdAstra

AI Continuous Operational Performance Improvement

Challenges
  • Bad equipment condition
  • Process instability
  • Difficulty to control contractor delivery
  • Excess disruptions and demand for interventions
  • HSE incidents and missed accidents
Consequences
  • Frequent unplanned shutdowns and startups
  • Rework or idle loops
  • Production loss, Unplanned OpEx & CapEx
  • Accidents
  • Poor Operational Efficiency Performance
  • 9% ROACE – weakest among all industries

Main challenge addressed:

85% of operational problems are invisible to management, leaving them puzzled on reasons for missed targets.

Solution

Loop of continuous improvement - automated detection and ranking of problems to solve, monitoring of progress

Capabilities
  • Definition of a consistent, complete and feasible set of KPIs
  • Automatic performance update through immediate update of KPIs, as soon as changes occurred through sensor measurement and human input
  • Automated problem alerting, calculation of problem criticality, ranking by criticality and easiness of solving
  • Embedded TPM (total productivity management) workflow for accelerated decision on actions to take
  • Full benchmarking, drill-down and slice-n-dice visualization of performance indicators
  • Embedded problem diagnosis and solution what-if simulation workflows
Operational Effects
  • Accelerated operational improvement and augmenting staff’s skills
  • Performance improvement for physical processes, procedures and equipment
  • Management, operators and support disciplines in control of operations

Accelerated TPM (total productivity management) Solution: coordinates and sustains collaborative efforts for break-through operational performance

Augment Operational Performance
  • Operational regularity increased 25%
  • Higher production capacity 2-3%
  • Asset condition improved 35%
  • Staff and asset productivity increased 45%
  • Operational problems decreased 25-30% annually
  • Product quality increased 30%
  • Rework and idle times eliminated
  • Reduced Costs in operations and maintenance 5-10%

Benefits:

Full management control over operational performance improvement through precise problem identification and elimination

PCCO

AI Predictive Coordination Center of Operations

Solution

Integrated Collaborative Control and Coordination Center for Production, Gathering, Intervention, Maintenance, Logistics and Projects

Capabilities
  • PCCO business process framework task oriented – design, implementation & hand-over
  • Collaborative interactive equipment – intelligent boards, wall screens, EX devices, etc – selection, integration
  • ICT technology infrastructure, including NetGas software solutions, adjusted to business processes – implementation, integration & hand-over
  • PCCO facility design adjusted to business processes and equipment
  • Advice for organizational adjustments
  • Integrated PCCO implementation & operationalization
Benefits
  • Top management in full control of operations, however complex
  • Significant reduction of costs and increase in margins

A large and mature offshore cluster of oil & gas producing fields in the North Sea was able within 2 years to rejuvenate facilities, reservoirs and wells, while keeping production constant, which previously suffered steep decline