|Publisher||Society of Petroleum Engineers||Language||English|
|Content Type||Conference Paper|
|Title||Mobile Support Center Provides Cost-Effective Alternative to Dedicated Drilling Center|
Robert Clyde, SPE, Goke Akinniranye, SPE, Roger Goobie, SPE, Carmen Elena
Alvarez, SPE, and Ignacio Gorgone,
SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 11-14 November 2007, Anaheim, California, U.S.A.
2007. Society of Petroleum Engineers
|1 Drilling and Completions
4.4 Measurement and Control
3.5 Information Systems and Data Use
1.1 Drilling Project Management
Advances in cost-effective satellite communication and the application of compression technology have removed the bandwidth limitation, and Internet transfer of continuous high-volume real-time data between the offshore installation and shore-based operations is almost seamless.
With the current shortage of skilled personnel, most major oil and gas companies are exploring remote Operation Support Centers to support their real-time E&P business processes. With a combination of infrastructure, technology, services and processes, these support centers are consolidating their expertise in a collaborative environment so that informed real-time decisions can be made to improve drilling processes and reduce costs.
The economic justification to management and partners for investing and building support centers is clear, but it is necessary to scale the effort and capital expenditure for support centers to each specific drilling operation. This paper describes the concept of low-cost remote support centers that have been used successfully in the Gulf of Mexico, and land drilling projects on the Alaska North Slope and in northern Mexico.
A successful support center must quickly turn real-time data into useful information displayed with minimum latency in a format benefiting decision makers. This depends on the skill and experience of each participating engineer and the quality of the software answer products in this surveillance environment. This paper describes advanced real-time software answer products that take raw drilling data and filter it into different rig states, automatically generating logical outputs.
In recent years, the concept of remote drilling centers has been independently developed and implemented by most major oil and gas exploration and production companies, largely in response to a global shortage of expert personnel, and the expense of state-of-the-art analytical tools and infrastructure required by today's complex drilling challenges.
By concentrating these resources in a central location, connected to the field through high-speed data transmission, customers are given access to the very best engineering talent and technologies no matter how remote their location.
The creation of dedicated, real-time monitoring facilities is not always economically feasible. Some operators could benefit from applying these techniques in certain areas where the gains would not justify the cost or time to establish such a facility. To meet this need, the concept of a portable support center was explored, and recent advances in analytical and communications technologies have now made its implementation possible.
The mobile support center concept includes more than personnel and equipment. It also incorporates a detailed methodology for achieving effective results. These include thorough prejob planning, analysis and discussion not only involving engineering staff but also incorporating drilling equipment manufacturers, service suppliers and other drilling-related personnel. Clearly defined lines of communication are established, responsibilities are defined, and mitigating actions are determined beforehand to ensure prompt, on-target responses when problems do occur.
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