Description of the material: Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) launched the Kuwait Integrated Digital Field GC1 (KwIDF-GC1) pilot project in 2009 as an investigation into how a cross-functional and cross-domain infrastructure could be established to aid in the achievement of corporate goals set for the following two decades. The project solution integrates field instrumentation with workflows automated in software and focused collaboration. Application: This project is the first in Kuwait to instrument oil wells with pressure and temperature gauges, multiphase water cut meters and remotely automated chokes. Optimization and visualization software provide the tools required for the collaborative teams to contribute in real time to production operations in order to realized optimized production gains. Integration of multi-disciplinary teams such as field development, sub-surface, production operations and maintenance in a real time work environment enables proactive and reliable decisions to be made more quickly than in the traditional environment of disparate work teams. Results, Observations, and Conclusions: In addition to optimized production, other benefits include greater ease of operations, enhanced safety of personnel, better utilization of available manpower, and reduced time from problem occurrence to problem resolution. Significance of Subject Matter: The implementation is digital throughout, employing a field-level WiMAX radio system to provide fast and secure Ethernet-based communication from the Gathering Center (GC) to the well head. A remotely controlled adjustable choke governs the well head pressure to achieve desired flow characteristics.
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