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Digital Transformation in Oil & Gas—How to Choose the Right Partners?

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Low oil prices, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, are putting pressure on oil and gas companies to reduce operational costs through efficiency and optimization. There is only a limited number of ways to achieve this — by downsizing, reducing production, or implementing digital transformation. While a quick fix, downsizing and production reduction are not sustainable solutions. As such, more and more oil and gas companies are looking at the strategic advantages of digital transformation, driven by cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Digitization: A Must for the Oil and Gas Industry

According to Accenture Technology Vision 2019, of the 168 oil and gas executives surveyed, 85% from upstream and 90% from downstream companies said that they were currently implementing one or more of the following technologies: Distributed Ledger Technology, AI, Extended Reality, and Quantum Computing (DARQ).

In recent years, most large oil and gas companies have increased investment in digital transformation. Internationally, large multinationals have launched their own digital and intelligent oilfield construction plans, such as the Digital Oilfield by ExxonMobil, Integrated Development by ConocoPhillips, Smart-Field by Royal Dutch Shell, I-Field by Chevron, and E-Field by BP.

Chinese enterprises have also been actively implementing new digital strategies in the industry. China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has built an exploration and production cloud platform, as well as over 50 digital management systems, including exploration and development, refinery and chemical engineering, and service support, among others. Sinopec has set up three digital platforms for operation management, production operation, as well as information infrastructure and O&M. In addition, it has built several technology-driven solutions, such as ProMACE, smart factory, Chememall, and Epec. At the same time, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) is developing on-going plans for intelligent oilfields. It has successfully built unmanned platforms, and has piloted multiple projects on intelligent exploration, oil production, asset management, and drilling and completion.

Oil and gas companies are rapidly investing in digital and intelligent projects to improve exploration and development efficiency and reduce production costs. Ultimately, the industry looks to seize the opportunities that digital transformation has to offer.

A Difficult Road to Digital Transformation

Each upstream enterprise progresses at a different pace during digital transformation. Various companies in the oil and gas industry have achieved different levels of development in data monitoring and collection, device networking, data analysis, and predictive maintenance; the industry overall has had some success in these domains. However, the further the industry transforms digitally, the more challenges it faces.

Zhang Tiegang, former Deputy Chief Engineer of Daqing Oilfield Exploration and Development Research Institute, introduced the three key pain points in the digital transformation of the oil and gas industry at the Huawei Oil and Gas Virtual Summit 2020 held on July 15.

  1. Massive Data Growth

Compared with other industries, oil and gas manages an even larger amount of data. For example, the amount of seismic data is increasing at an unprecedented speed. As oil and gas exploration becomes more difficult, the process requires more precise seismic wave exploration techniques. Broadband, wide-azimuth, and high-density (BWH) seismic data collection is particularly important, amounting to nearly 1 TB/km2. The exploration area is constantly expanding and the originally collected high-resolution seismic data in just a single work area may amount to over 17 TB. In addition, the continuous increase in historical data records further speeds up data growth.

  1. Increased Computation Workload and Complexity

The ever-increasing data volume leads to a sharp increase in the computation workload. For example, the computation workload of pre-stack reverse time migration (RTM) and storage volume are 10 and 50 times higher than before, respectively. To ensure comprehensive and accurate understanding of oilfield production dynamics, the computation requirements of large-scale reservoir numerical simulation also increase significantly. Therefore, oilfield companies have increasingly high requirements on data processing technologies. More and more complex algorithms — such as anisotropic pre-stack depth imaging, RTM, and full waveform inversion (FWI) — also pose higher requirements on computational capabilities.

  1. Weak Information Infrastructure

Equipment rooms, computing, storage, and IT O&M constitute the information infrastructure system of oil and gas enterprises. Most companies used to build their own, resulting in many equipment rooms with high energy consumption and low security. At the same time, low server configuration and utilization are no longer able to meet the requirements of massive data processing. In addition, the existing shared storage devices come from different providers and feature low capacity, unable to store massive data. Moreover, O&M departments face increasing pressure to hire highly skilled personnel to ensure the O&M of independent and scattered IT with a poor intelligence level.

Partnership Can Help Oil & Gas Streamline Digital Transformation Who Will the Partners Be?

The digital transformation of oil and gas enterprises is a huge systematic undertaking. Therefore, technical support from IT companies is indispensable.

Partnership Between Oil and Gas Enterprises and IT Companies (Some Cases)

Every large oil company has chosen to form partnerships for digital transformation. In this case, IT companies provide oil and gas enterprises with comprehensive digital solutions by using advanced technologies such as AI, big data, and cloud computing.

Take the partnership between Huawei and Daqing Oilfield Company as an example. Cloudification is key for digital transformation. However, data, computing, and facilities present serious challenges. To address these, Daqing Oilfield Company cooperated with Huawei to build a cloud data center, achieving an elastic supply of IT resources. The computing power of the data center now reaches 1,000 trillion FLOPS — a 300% increase in efficiency. Thanks to the elastic supply of computing and storage resources, the acquisition period has been reduced from three days to three hours. At the same time, servers with super computing power and the cloud-based deployment environment optimize data processing by 3 to 10 times. To achieve this, production data is transmitted to the cloud center through the high-speed dedicated network for processing. The calculation results are automatically sent back to the data center for archiving and management, ensuring the security of the core oilfield data.

In addition, Huawei has developed multiple technical service capabilities for oilfield digitization by using technologies such as AI, big data, and 5G. By deploying HUAWEI CLOUD, SONATRACH (Algeria) has successfully transitioned to cloud-based IT by deploying a company-wide ERP system. With AI, big data, and industrial IoT technologies, Huawei has built a fault prediction model for predictive maintenance of pumping units. Huawei has also built the largest industrial 5G oilfield lab in Europe’s biggest oil refinery, as well as implemented future-oriented services such as inspection robots, wireless sensors, “connected” employees, and predictive maintenance. Recently, Shengli Oilfield and Huawei recently signed a strategic cooperation agreement to build a cloud platform and 5G-based intelligent oilfields.

Efficiency and cost are the competitiveness indicators of the oil and gas industry. As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei is continuously working with oil and gas partners to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and achieve digital transformation.

  1. Improved efficiency

In line with the strategy of increasing reserves and production, how to maximize value from historical exploration and development data has become a new requirement of CNPC. Together with partners, Huawei planned and built a computing AI platform for CNPC, to implement AI training and big data analytics. The customer has now applied AI in multiple ways, such as artificial lift fault diagnosis and seismic first arrival wave identification. The value of underused historical exploration and production data has been fully explored.

  1. Reduced cost

Huawei built a local, dedicated cloud for Daqing Oilfield, to provide oil and gas exploration computing. This in turn helped Daqing to optimize its costs and shift high-performance exploration and development computing services from CAPEX to OPEX. By reusing ten PB of historical exploration data, the cloud helped improve computing power by 833 percent, and increase the annually processed area from 400 square kilometers to 2000 square kilometers.

Strong partnerships are essential in the oil and gas industry, regardless of the digital transformation strategies a company may adopt. Alone, digital transformation is difficult, due to its complex technical requirements. The key for success is to build strong and strategic partnerships with industry leaders, ensuring a clear scope of cooperation. In this period of digital transformation, it is critical for oil and gas enterprises to choose their partners wisely — it will define the industry trends, but more importantly, it will determine who will become the new industry leaders.


Welltec: Embedding Automated Processes in Manufacturing

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The Welltec Annular Barrier WAB®, a flexible, high performance production parker, is one of the results of a 26year long series of innovations which began with the Well Tractor® , the conveying device that launched Welltec in place as a top draw subsurface solutions service provider.

The company’s Development and Engineering (D&E) department is responsible for bringing new ideas to life and transforming innovation into reality. It is this ability to think differently and then do differently that forms the foundations on which Welltec is built. The company manufactures her products in-house, embedding automated processes to proffer completions and interventions solutions.

The main Manufacturing sites are based in Denmark with Intervention services produced in Allerød, a small community just north of Copenhagen, and Completion products made in Esbjerg, the Danish oilfield hub.

Below are pictures from a recent tour to the company’s facilities at Allerød and Esbjerg.


 

 


Advertisers’ Announcement-Petroboost Technology Enables Viscous Oil To be Readily Produced

Revolution Minerals Ltd has recently introduced a revolutionizing technology in boosting oil and gas well production– PetroBoost®, a patented method for exerting a combined effect on the near-wellbore region of a producing formation.

PetroBoost technology is the result of many years of scientific research and lab testing by leading Russian and Ukrainian scientific institutes focused on research into hydrogen energy.

PetroBoost technology has been successfully tested in collaborations with major oil and gas companies in a broad variety of wells with differing geological conditions. These companies include Gazprom, Novatek, Tatneft in Russia, Eni SPA in Turkmenistan and others.

The PetroBoost technology effectively enhances well production increasing ultimate recovery factors of oil and gas reservoirs. PetroBoost technology is effective in oilfields where traditional stimulation technologies struggle, including viscous oil, those with high paraffin content, oil rims, tight formations, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contacts:

Address: 86-90 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NE, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 203 695 2948

E-Mail: info@revolution-minerals.com

 


Advertiser’s Announcement: OILSERV Ltd Commences Massive AKK Pipeline Project

Nigeria is finally on the verge of unlocking huge economic benefits arising from its natural gas endowment. For many years, the country had been hindered by absence of gas transmission pipelines in her bid to harness its abundant gas reserves for provision of gas to generate electricity, and stimulate rapid industrialization using gas as feedstock for fertilisers, ammonia and other petrochemical applications.

The commencement of the NNPC-sponsored Ajaokuta–Kaduna–Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline project by leading indigenous EPC giant – OILSERV Limited is the cause for this renewed optimism. OILSERV has been awarded the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning of the first segment of the 614 km x 40-Inch Gas pipeline, which is from Ajaokuta to mid-way between Abuja and Kaduna. The second segment has been awarded to another company.

Information available to us shows that OILSERV has achieved significant progress in a short spate of time including ongoing detailed engineering design, topographical and geotechnical surveys, haulage and stacking of line pipes in preparation to commence construction activities.

In the words of the Group Managing Director of NNPC; Melle Kolo Kyari “the AKK project is key to resolving the power deficit challenge of the country. Its multiplier effect on the economy and provisions of jobs will be unprecedented. NNPC will give all necessary support to the Contractors to enable them deliver the project within time and within budget”.

Chairman of OILSERV Ltd, Engr. Emeka Okwuosa, gave a pledge that OILSERV will leave no stone unturned to partner with NNPC and make the dreams of 200million Nigerians come true by delivering the AKK project to global quality and standards. In his words, “The capability of OILSERV has been honed in the course of successful delivery of landmark EPC contracts such as lot B of the 48inch OB3 gas pipeline system that is currently being commissioned”.

The optimism and hope that this development represents is a clear elixir that is surely needed by the entire nation at this time. We wish OILSERV, NNPC and everyone else involved in this endeavor, success.


CGG Completes Seismic Imaging of Mozambique’s Zambezi Delta

CGG has announced the completion of three-dimensional(3D) Pre-Stack Depth Migrated(PSDM) seismic dataset from its recent 15,400 sq km multi-client survey of the outer Zambezi Delta in the Mozambique Basin.

The data is now available for licence.

The seismic information was acquired over blocks Z5-C andZ5-Dand surrounding open acreage as part of a multi-client programmeagreed between CGG and Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP).

“The final PSDM data identifies key stratigraphic intervals for a better understanding of the petroleum system and, in conjunction with the high-resolution gravity and magnetic data, brings new information on the basin morphology and its evolution”, CGG says in a statement, adding that its advanced imaging workflow, “including full-waveform inversion (FWI), reveals a high level of detail in this complex geological setting, such as the complex deep marine turbiditic system and associated frontal splays, and the complex faulting pattern and internal architecture of the Beira High”.

CGG’s media relations unit explains that a complementary Mozambique JumpStart™ package is also now available to license with the PSDM seismic data, in order for clients to experience an enhanced exploration decision-making,.“This package provides an integrated geoscience analysis ofall theregional data available and frames itin its geological context in an easily accessible format.

“Data from 11 wells has been analyzed in detail alongside the new seismic interpretation which was supported by hydrocarbon seep identification, high-resolution potential fields data and the full suite of Robertson multi-client geological data sets”.


Prime Atlantic Has Vacancies for Engineers and Geoscientists

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Prime Atlantic, a service provider in Nigeria’s E& P sector, has published a document offering jobs to experienced Electrical and Mechanical engineers, as well as skilled Geoscientists.

The company wants

  • Engineer: Electrical Lead III

Qualification: BSc, BTech or HND in Electrical Engineering

  • Geophysical Quality Control Representative

Qualification: BSc or MSc in Geophysical or Geotechnical Field

  • Engineer: Mechanical Lead III

Qualification: BSc, MSc in Mechanical Engineering

And

  • Geoscience Technical Quality Control

Qualification: BSc or MSc in Geophysical or Geotechnical field

The minimum experience is 10 years

The details of the offer are provided in this link.

Offer loses January 28, 2020.


NIGERSTAR7 Expands Fleet, Re-Flags Seven Antares and Seven Inagha

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By Foluso Ogunsan

NigerStar7, the joint venture EPCI ( Engineering Procurement Commissioning and Installation) organisation birthed from the Jagal and SubSea7 partnership, has officially re-flagged its two newly acquired offshore support vessels.

They are now The NigerStar Seven Antares and NigerStar Seven Inagha.

The ceremony took place at its flagship yard NigerDock on a week day of the last week in November 2019.

The SEVEN Antares, named after a star, precisely the fifteenth brightest star in the night sky, is a pipelay vessel running 119metres in length and 32metres in width. It can work in water draughts from 5metres to hundred metres depth, serviceable for shallow and deep water environments.  A 120tonne S-Lay capacity vessel that can lay pipes from 4-60 inches in diameter, boasting a 300 tonne crane situated aft the vessel. Built to accommodate 330 persons on board, the vessel has a clear deck area of 1,370square metres. Combined on-board generated power above 3,705 kilowatts installed with Electronic Fuel Monitoring System. A Helideck sits atop the living quarters.

The SEVEN Inagha, named after a fish, is a specially adapted self-propelled and self-elevating jack-up and accommodation barge constructed in 2011.It spans 83.38metres in length and 39.32metres in width with tri-leg length of 97.5metres. It has two 295tonne cranes which can work simultaneously in tandem and it accommodates 150 persons. Its DP-1 like manoeuvrability eliminates the use of tugboats to change positions during work. It is also installed with the Electric Fuel Monitoring System.

Both vessels have been work-tested in Nigerian waters. The SEVEN Antares recently concluded PUPP-Production Uplift Pipeline Project at ExxonMobil’s Idoho field which ran from August 2018, involving pipe-laying from Idoho to the Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT). The SEVEN Inagha, absent at the re-flagging ceremony, was at work carrying out Platform Revamp Project on all Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) platforms in Nigeria. Initially billed as a three-year project, timely completion of project under budget saw it being extended to five years.

 

 


EWT Begins Fabrication of Pressure Vessels for Ikike Oil Field 

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Energy Works Technology (EWT) executed the first steel cut for the delivery of four major pressure vessels for the Ikike Oil Field development in the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 99, in shallow water south eastern Nigeria.

The first steel cut ceremony marked the commencement of engineering, procurement and fabrication of an Open Drain Vessel, Closed Drain Vessel, Pig Launcher and a Pig Receiver.

The project was contracted to EWT by TOTAL E&P Nigeria Limited.

The Ikike oilfield development is expected to add 32,000 barrels to Nigeria’s daily crude production. The field is estimated to hold 70Million barrels of crude.

“This project will surely deepen Nigerian local content implementation by creating huge job opportunities for thousands of people”, says Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, Group Managing Director, Nestoil, the parent company of EWT.

He adds that TOTAL’s decision to avail EWT another opportunity to demonstrate its sheer capacity as an industrial fabrication company is a vote of confidence on the local capacity of indigenous companies in the sector to deliver on complex projects at all times.

Modestus Nwosu, General Manager of the Ikike Project, for TOTAL E & P, comments that EWT won the contract strictly on its merit. According to him, “EWT shares the same values with TOTAL. We are safety conscious and work with companies that have safety standards; we don’t do business with companies that have poor safety records.”

 


MG VOWGAS To Host Local Content Delegates At Its Yard

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MG VOWGAS Group will be hosting a number of distinguished, C-Level Oil Industry Executives at its fabrication yard in Port Harcourt in Nigeria’s Eastern Niger Delta Basin, in early December.

It is the site visit of delegates to the Practical Nigerian Content Forum, organized by the London based CWC Ltd and held annually since 2011. The 2019 fare is the 9th edition.

The CWC has organized this event, every year, as some form of work shopping through Local content requirements and compliance for companies, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Nigeria, in concert with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). The dates for this year are December 2-5, 2019.

“Delegates and Oil and gas Industry stakeholders will be visiting the facility at MG VOWGAS state of the arts fabrication yard in Port Harcourt for an opportunity to experience Nigerian Content in Action”, says Godwin Izomor, Group Managing Director of MG VOWGAS Limited. “We are proud to be chosen as the 2019  host of the delegates’ tour of the PNC, a tour known as Nigerian Content in Action”.

Izomor emphasized that MG VOWGAS is ASME certified. (ASME refers to the American Mechanical Engineering Certification).

The company, a wholly indigenous (Nigerian) firm, was incorporated in 2006 with the purpose of providing services in Engineering, Procurement, Installation, Construction, Pipeline Turnkey services and Marine Services.

Izomor says MG VOWGAS is the foremost pressure Vessel and Process plant Manufacturer providing services to the upstream production value chain, to the International Oil Companies and Nigerian Independents. Its services include Dish Head manufacturing and Post- weld Heat Treatment, as well as cold cutting, all done in its Mount Zion Fabrication Yard in Woji, Port Harcourt.


Global Supply-Chain Decommissioning Roadmap: Whitepaper

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It’s no secret that the global decommissioning market is hotting up in huge leaps and bounds. With enormous opportunities in the pipeline, contracts are being rolled out across the globe over the next 12 months. DecomWorld has put together a brand-new whitepaper – Supply-chain decommissioning roadmap: Pinpointing contractual opportunities and mobilizing resources across global decommissioning markets. What you can expect in the report:

  • Pinpointing opportunities: project pipelines– get a list of assets poised to embark on decommissioning within the next 1-2 years across both the GOM and North Sea
  • AsiaPac – Valued!Get regional market values for decommissioning expenditures across the globe, including AsiaPac and Norway, with insight being shared on when contracts will roll out and when tenders will begin
  • Global Market Deep Dives: Critical analysis on 6 international markets, including UK, Norway, Thailand and GOM, investigating market value, project pipelines, and market characteristics

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Any questions, please get in touch with Owen, Project Director at DecomWorld at orolt@decomworld.com

 

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