Non-intrusive inspection trials hailed a success by Technology Centre and Total

Non intrusive

Technology Centre and Total collaborate on non-intrusive inspection technology field trials. NII trial results correlate with traditional intrusive inspection methods. NII delivered with no downtime or potentially hazardous vessel man entry.

The results of three non-intrusive inspection (NII) trials, organised by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre and Total E&P UK, demonstrated that the technology can deliver significant cost, safety and efficiency benefits compared with traditional intrusive methods.

Rebecca Allison, Asset Integrity Solution Centre Manager, said:

"Process vessel inspection is a major cause of production downtime and costs the industry hundreds of millions every year. The trials were successful and demonstrate that NII can help operators achieve significant efficiencies in maintenance and integrity costs, while improving production uptime."


Gazpromneft-Khantos Establishes Upstream Control Centre Using “Digital Twin” Technology

Gazpromneft-Khantos Establishes Upstream Control Centre Using “Digital Twin” Technology


Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gazpromneft-Khantos has launched an Upstream Control Centre as part of its “Digital Field” programme. The Centre takes solutions previously developed within the company, directed at improving the efficiency of individual upstream production processes, and brings these together in a single, integrated environment, with the creation of the Gazpromneft-Khantos Upstream Management Centre making possible the integrated and holistic management of the entire enterprise.

Information collated are accumulated at the Upstream Control Centre and can be visualised either at specialists’ work stations, or on video display

One of the key systems at the Upstream Management Centre is the “Digital Twin” process for mechanical fluid lifting, involving a range of hybrid digital models, from submerged well pumps to the point of commercial oil delivery. A key feature of these models concerns their facility for “self-learning” — their ability to self-calibrate on the basis of rapidly changing information, sourced from automated controls. The “Digital Twin” makes possible the automatic selection of optimum operational modes for various elements throughout the entire complex: to identify abnormal situations, in advance, or undertake a preventative assessment in the event of any changes to system configuration (the addition of a new well cluster to the system, for example, or a booster pump being switched off).

Assignments involving geological-technical well interventions derived from the Digital Twin feed into another key system — “ERA.Repair”, an automated process for managing ongoing and capital well repairs. In addition to scheduling squad movements, and detailed online planning of technological operations and control thereof, the ERA.Remonti system allows automatic optimum task prioritisation, taking into account the changing condition of well stock and the latest target metrics, including, for example, maximising oil production or minimising the movement of equipment, depending on what is the greater priority for the enterprise.

Information collated by the Digital Twin, ERA.Repair and other Gazpromneft-Khantos systems are accumulated at the Upstream Control Centre and can be visualised either at specialists’ work stations, or on video display, allowing multifunctional teams to take timely and well informed decisions, taking every possibility and all limitations into account, and monitoring the full effectiveness thereof.

The functionality of the Gazpromneft-Khantos Upstream Control Centre will be significantly expanded, in the future, with the company currently completing testing of “Digital Twins” for formation-pressure maintenance systems, energy supply systems, and the treatment and utilisation of associated petroleum gas (APG). Gazprom Neft plans to open similar systems at other subsidiaries.

Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov commented: “Information technologies are making significant changes to modern production, and digital transformation is, already, giving Gazprom Neft objective advantages. Digitisation, for us, is an instrument for improving production and financial performance. In investing in high-technology production management solutions our company is setting new standards in workplace and environmental safety that will drive the development of Russia’s oil industry.”

“Electronic Asset Development (EAD)” is Gazprom Neft’s strategy for developing upstream IT projects, covering all major functions including geological exploration, geology, drilling, production and in-field facilities construction. Implementation of the programme was initiated in 2012 and later integrated into Gazprom Neft’s Technological Strategy in 2014 as one of its key areas of focus.

Siemens launches Pipelines 4.0 to meet evolving needs of North American midstream operators

Siemens launches Pipelines 4.0 to meet evolving needs of North American midstream operators


Pipelines 4.0 is an integrated approach to the engineering, supply and life cycle optimization of pipeline assets.

The solution builds upon Siemens' extensive pipeline experience, product breadth and expertise in rotating equipment, electrification, automation and digitalization

Siemens has launched Pipelines 4.0, an integrated approach to the engineering, supply and life cycle optimization of pipeline assets, tailored to meet the evolving needs of North American operators. The solution combines equipment and turnkey packages for pipeline stations with data analytics, life cycle service and cyber security, building on the company's extensive pipeline experience, product breadth and domain expertise in rotating equipment, electrification, automation and digitalization.

Key features include equipment and turnkey packages for pipeline stations, as well as data analytics, life cycle service and cyber security

Pursuant to Pipelines 4.0, the company has added integrated packages to its portfolio, such as an electric-motor-driven (EMD) compressor. The EMD is pre-engineered for efficient installation and startup, thereby allowing operators to significantly reduce project lead times. Siemens has the unique ability to offer an extended electrification package that includes compressors, drives, motors, skids, automation, e-shelters, sub-stations and transformers, enabling operators to further streamline interfaces and reduce risk.

On the data analytics front, the company recently developed ‘Smart Pump’ to optimize the power consumption of pipeline pump stations. Siemens has invested more than 10 billion EUR in software acquisitions in the last 10 years and is now one of the world’s top 10 software companies. Software-based solutions include the use of digital twins and the company’s IoT platform, MindSphere, to optimize pipeline asset performance, from pre-FEED through the entire asset life cycle.

Rounding out Pipelines 4.0, Siemens offers several business and financing models, including leasing, debt financing and equity investments.

IKM sign on to be part of Azerbaijan drilling operation

Service company IKM Cleandrill reported on August 28, 2017, that the company signed a contract to be brought on-board the Absheron Project in the Caspian Sea.

As part of the deal, the company will help improve the project’s riserless mud circulating system services.

The contract will include the installation of IKM’s MRR500 mud recovery system onto a new semisubmersible drill rig, and provision of subsea drilling fluid pumping services as part of Absheron Project’s drilling campaign in Azerbaijan.

The agreement was struck with Total E&P Aabsheron BV on behalf of Jocap.

The requirement for new technology is due to the deep water conditions and the high mud weights of the project.

Tom Hasler, managing director of IKM Cleandrill, said: «This contract’s award represents a significant win for IKM Cleandrill. Total undertook a detailed evaluation of the MRR500XL system as part of the bidding process, and our technical department has once again re-set the benchmark for mud recovery technology to meet their requirements.»

«Moving into the Caspian region is strategically important for the company and consolidates our position as the leading global mud recovery provider. We look forward to providing excellent service for Absheron Project», Hasler said.

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