the digital transformation initiative was launched prior to the Covid-19
outbreak, the drive to adapt and implement new technology to increase
efficiency and reduce costs was accelerated by the pandemic and the drive to
lower carbon emissions. The combination of artificial intelligence, machine
learning and the industrial internet of things is enabling remote operations
and automation capabilities, leading to greater adoption and proliferation of
intelligent oilfield operations.
ultimate goal is to implement new systems and AI technologies to optimize
performance and increase safety, while mitigating environmental impact. The digital
transformation initiative has gained significant momentum over the last year, and
traditional oilfield service companies are now collaborating with advanced automation
and software providers to drive their projects to successful conclusions.
a World Oil article published in March 2023, SLB’s Chief Strategy and
Sustainability Officer, Dr. Katharina Beumelburg, outlined three key initiatives
that will drive the industry’s progress, as we pursue a successful and balanced
energy transition: 1) digital technology; 2) cross-disciplinary collaboration;
and 3) energy industry leadership.
of the biggest misconceptions I hear is that technology is still years away
from contributing to a meaningful reduction in oil and gas emissions,” said Beumelburg.
“Within our industry today, new digital capabilities are driving competition,
increasing productivity and innovation and leading to reduced carbon emissions,”
Fig. 1. “With the size and scope of the energy transition,
meaningful solutions won’t be found in silos. The future of our industry lies in
collaboration—not just within energy, where taking a new perspective on how we
work together can accelerate the decarbonization of our operations—but in
partnerships with other industries that can improve the speed to innovation,” Beumelburg
to optimize FPSO performance. SLB is working
with Rockwell Automation, Sensia and Cognite to accelerate the performance
evolution of floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels. The collaboration,
which was announced at OTC in May, is designed to improve FPSO performance by optimizing
production throughput, ensuring equipment uptime and reducing carbon footprint.
To achieve these goals, the companies have established an open collaboration
and digitalization initiative as key drivers of FPSO performance evolution.
unique combination brings together expertise in automation, digital
technologies, asset performance management and production experience. The
coalition aims to integrate digital solutions early and throughout the FPSO
life cycle to enhance efficiency, safety and sustainability, enabling
comprehensive application within a flexible, expandable architecture. The open FPSO coalition
is a catalyst to launch and sustain accelerated FPSO performance evolution.
In September, World Oil
will publish a technical article by Matt Mohajer, SLB, and Greg Trostel,
Rockwell Automation, outlining specific details about how this collaborative initiative
can produce exceptional value for operating companies.
carbon tax/fines. TechnipFMC and Kuva Systems are
working together to leverage production facility and methane event data to
maximize production while reducing emissions with TechnipFMC’s e-Mission suite.
During a World Oil webcast on Aug. 9, TechnipFMC’s
SVP, Laura Schilling, revealed that the U.S. EPA is flying carbon-sniffing
drones over the Permian basin and issuing stiff fines to companies that operate
production facilities exceeding set limits.
During the broadcast, Ms. Schilling and Stefan Bokaemper, CEO of Kuva Systems, explained how companies are collaborating
in utilizing the e-Mission suite to reduce
the “tax bill” by producing a configure-to-order composable digital twin
solution that consists of four applications: thermal, methane, tank, and VRU. These
offerings provide actionable operational insights to reduce flaring and methane
emissions while improving asset integrity for production facility equipment. Kuva
System’s camera technology captures data to identify methane emission events
that aid in determining potential root causes that will ultimately help achieve
net zero goals.
AI and rig automation. Corva and Nabors Industries announced
a strategic technology partnership to provide a first-of-its-kind digital and
automation offering to the global drilling industry. The collaboration will integrate
Corva’s innovative App Store and Dev Center with Nabors’ SmartROS universal
drilling rig controls and automation system to deliver solutions that rapidly
scale process and machine automation, enhance remote project oversight and
streamline data exchange and collaboration across any AC rig fleet.
partnership aims to reduce redundant digital solutions and rig control systems used
to run automated well programs. It is also intended to improve the ability to
manage communication between office, cloud and edge solutions. Together, the
two companies plan to simplify the execution of automation on any AC rig. The combination
of technologies will enable operators to design custom apps and deploy them
across their rig fleet, regardless of the rig provider. In turn, drilling
contractors can generate new revenues while bringing added value to their customers
SmartROS, Corva extends rig control and real-time data pipelines from the
wellsite to operating companies’ back office and mobile devices, enabling
customers to drill safer and more effectively. Equipped with Nabors Smart Suite
of drilling automation products, RigCLOUD Edge infrastructure and Corva Apps
and Dev Center, this integration empowers onsite and remote users to interact,
analyze and collaborate in powerful new ways. The partnership effectively bridges
the gap between edge and cloud solutions while improving ROI for end-users,
with no disruption to current workflows creating a best-in-class situation for
office workers and drillers working in the field.
can listen to a World Oil webcast on Sept. 9, featuring Corva V.P. for Research
and Development Curtis Cheatham and Nabors Industries Senior Product
Development Manager Tatiana Borges, to learn more about the benefits of the
enhances rig capabilities. Halliburton and Nabors
Industries are collaborating to blend Halliburton’s well construction digital
surface and subsurface drilling technologies and their autonomous drilling platform
with Nabors’ SmartROS universal rig controls and automation platform and a high-performance
digital infrastructure platform. The companies’ technologies automate well
construction services from planning to execution across subsurface and surface
equipment and environments. The collaboration will make it easier for operators
and rig contractors to deploy automation solutions that enhance rig
capabilities, lower well construction costs and reduce operational risks.
scientists and exceptional managerial expertise/risk management. Our
industry has been defined by overcoming seemingly insurmountable engineering
and operational challenges. The immense challenge of drilling in deep water was
solved, utilizing floating drillships with GPS navigation and positioning
systems in combination with FPSOs. When oil was getting scarce, we launched the
shale revolution, utilizing miraculous
extended-reach horizontal drilling and high-tech, staged fracing techniques.
Reducing carbon emissions and moving closer to net zero
is another major challenge. But as demonstrated
by an unprecedented list of remarkable technological achievements, and recent collaborative
efforts, it’s clear our industry is making significant progress solving global
energy issues without compromising energy security. WO