Technology Integration in the Caspian
- Ian Pannett (BP) | David Hodgson (BP)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition, 11-12 April, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
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- 2007. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 5.4.2 Gas Injection Methods, 1.10.1 Drill string components and drilling tools (tubulars, jars, subs, stabilisers, reamers, etc), 2 Well Completion, 1.6.4 Equipment Integrity, Failure analysis, 5.6.9 Production Forecasting, 5.2.1 Phase Behavior and PVT Measurements, 4.5 Offshore Facilities and Subsea Systems, 4.2.3 Materials and Corrosion, 3.3.1 Production Logging, 5.5 Reservoir Simulation, 6.4.2 Security of Operating Facilities, 3.3 Well & Reservoir Surveillance and Monitoring, 5.1 Reservoir Characterisation, 4.3.4 Scale, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 5.1.5 Geologic Modeling, 4.2.5 Offshore Pipelines, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 2.4.3 Sand/Solids Control, 2.3.1 Remote Monitoring, 4.2 Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers, 7.7.1 New Technology Deployment
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BP's Azerbaijan Strategic Performance Unit (AzSPU) has a very active and rich technology programme. It has been developed to meet the key challenges of operating within the Caspian region and to maximise business value. The key challenges facing the AzSPU that need to be addressed via the application of technology are: complex depletion plans, unconsolidated reservoirs, a difficult overburden to drill and an integrated development, gathering and export system. The key technology drivers are: reservoir management, new well delivery, drilling and completions performance, and facilities' operating efficiency.
To meet these challenges AzSPU has engaged in a number of key strategic technologies: advanced seismic, intelligent completions, zonal flow monitoring and control, and the FIELD OF THE FUTURE. These technologies collectively address the business challenges and will underpin superior business delivery.
Taken individually each of these technology areas has the potential to significantly impact the bottom line, but maximum benefit will only be realized when they are integrated along the value chain. The FIELD OF THE FUTURE programme in Azerbaijan aims to systematically integrate these technologies by optimising production and operating efficiency across this value chain, from the well's sand face 6km below the surface of the Caspian to the tanker 1760 km away in Ceyhan, Turkey.
AzSPU's the FIELD OF THE FUTURE programme has a detailed five-year plan and a longer term strategy. The value proposition for the first phase of this programme is to deliver 14mbpd by 2009. This paper outlines the FIELD OF THE FUTURE programme and highlights how it aims to integrate the whole value chain and maximise business value. This will include discussion on the key challenges and strategies involved, including technology development data analysis and interpretation, organisational capability and the integration of people, process and technology.
This paper aims to describe the implementation of new technologies used to enhance the performance of BP's Azerbaijan assets, the FIELD OF THE FUTURE strategy we have adopted and the thinking behind this strategy.
Integration is seen as a key theme of the Azerbaijan strategy and specifically the Technology Strategy. The assets and reservoirs themselves are integrated in a variety of ways and were designed to be operated in an integrated way. This is essential to maximise reservoir recovery in a field development where there are a number of technical and operational challenges. As the strategy has developed we have expanded our awareness and now seen that increased integration will potentially create more opportunities for performance improvements across the full value chain. A key driver supporting this is the fact that many of the technologies and processes deployed and being implemented in the Azerbaijan BU are interlinked.
The Azerbaijan assets
BP operated assets currently centre upon the development of two very large hydrocarbon reservoirs in the Caspian: the Azeri, Chirag, Guneshli (ACG) oil fields and the Shah Deniz (SD) gas development, although it is fully expected that others will be added in time. In addition to these we operate two major pipelines through which these hydrocarbons are exported - the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP). These originate from a very large terminal located at Sangachal just south of Baku. These pipelines are designed to take not only ACG and SD reserves to market but also there is capacity to take oil and gas from other fields and operators.
We have also pre-invested in a fully redundant data network linking all facilities together with a high bandwidth optical fibre "ring-main?? backed up by satellite data systems.
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