Saudi Aramco Intelligent Field Development Approach: Building the Surveillance Layer
- Tofig A. Al-Dhubaib (Saudi Aramco) | Mohammed Ben Issaka (Saudi Aramco) | Murad Fakhri Barghouty (Saudi Aramco) | Saeed Mohammed Al-Mubarak (Saudi Aramco) | Ali H. Dowais (Saudi Aramco) | Mohammad S. Shenqiti (Saudi Aramco) | Najmul Hasan Ansari (Saudi Aramco)
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- Intelligent Energy Conference and Exhibition, 25-27 February, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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- Conference Paper
- 2008. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 5.8.7 Carbonate Reservoir, 2.3.1 Remote Monitoring, 4.3.4 Scale, 2.3 Completion Monitoring Systems/Intelligent Wells, 3.3 Well & Reservoir Surveillance and Monitoring, 1.6.9 Coring, Fishing, 5.5.2 Construction of Static Models, 5.5.8 History Matching
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The Intelligent field is the oil industry's new trend that enables continuous monitoring and optimization of individual wells and overall reservoir performance. This is achieved by integrating fields' real time data in the reservoir management business processes. The results from this integration are anticipated to increase production rates, identify opportunities for higher hydrocarbon recoveries and reduce operating costs and future capital expenditures.
Saudi Aramco has embarked on implementing the Intelligent Field (I-Field) initiative through new pilot projects in Qatif and Haradh increment III fields. The objectives of the pilot projects are to provide real-time diagnostic capabilities, highlight and address implementation challenges, and develop a comprehensive architecture for I-Field implementation in Saudi Aramco fields.
This paper discusses the implementation approach of the intelligent field initiatives in Saudi Aramco. It will shed light on the challenges encountered and will present the process and methodology of developing the roadmap of the "surveillance layer," the first building block of Saudi Aramco's I-Field architecture.
The development and implementation of the Intelligent Field (I-Field) initiative is one of Saudi Aramco's key strategic imperatives aimed at optimizing field development and operation strategies. Saudi Aramco's I-Field objectives include:
- Enhancing recoverable HC through in-time intervention and full-field optimization
- Enhancing Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) through remote monitoring and intervention
- Reducing operation cost by reducing manual supervision and intervention
To achieve these objectives, the I-Field initiative is being implemented on two parallel paths, one is of installing in new and old fields fit-for-purpose permanent downhole, well head and surface sensors, and actuators. The objective of this path is to evaluate exploit and drive available intelligent field technologies to address company objectives (Afaleg 2005; Al-Arnaout 2007; Mubarak 2007; Salamy 2007; Saleri 2006). The second path is a structured development approach that captures the challenges, lessons learned and integrates required systems, specifications, processes and procedures for an over all solution that lays out an architecture for large scale implementation and a company-wide role out. This paper will focus on of the later path and specifically on the details of the surveillance layer development; the back bone of the I-Field.
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