The remote drilling operations concept has been widely utilized and executed around the world on high volume, land-based jobs. Applying the same concept in the offshore environment has largely been avoided due to high operational risks, where even a small failure could lead to substantial consequences. Ironically, however, offshore environments have bigger issues with regards to personnel availability, significant logistical challenges and related risks, the burden of rig space to accommodate workers, and many other constraints and challenges, which could be alleviated by implementing remote operations concepts. Brazil is at the forefront of deepwater oil exploration and has been facing new challenging in developing discoveries much farther from traditional offshore areas, providing many opportunities for streamlined operations innovations. As this service company has achieved a sustainable stage in real-time drilling projects through remote monitoring, modeling, and optimizing processes on deepwater operations, it was decided to take a step further and conduct a feasibility review for advancing efforts in the remote drilling operations in deepwater environments. This project was approved by the operator to be executed on specific development wells, executing tasks such as MWD tool programming, acquisition system configuration, prejob quality checks, RM data processing, and daily reporting. We managed to collect very insightful information along the project duration on key topics as integration challenges, stakeholder’s alignment efforts, change management processes, foreseen and unforeseen barriers, the established success criteria and the overall technology/processes implemented and developed. These results shows that with the right planning, tenacity and structure we can conduct such high profile initiatives.
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