Field Of The Future: Making BPs Vision A Reality
- Christopher E. Reddick (BP Exploration Co. Ltd.)
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- Intelligent Energy Conference and Exhibition, 11-13 April, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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- 2006. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 7.3 Strategic Planning and Management
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Rapid changes in digital technology are revolutionising the ways in which we acquire and process data and are improving the quality and efficiency of decision making. Through the application of these digital technologies, both new and existing, BP aspires to operate its assets at the technical limit of efficiency, recovery and cost.
To make this aspiration a reality, BP has implemented a programme called FIELD OF THE FUTURE. The scope of this programme covers development and deployment of technology and business process solutions to most aspects of oil and gasfield operations - from reservoir to export, in both mature and new fields, onshore as well as offshore. The purpose of grouping these technologies under a single programme is to obtain maximum leverage from these technologies by ensuring appropriate integration between them, making strategic choices about where they are deployed and ensuring rapid propagation of early learnings.
This paper describes the portfolio of technologies needed to deliver its vision of FIELD OF THE FUTURE. The following technology themes form the core of BP's FIELD OF THE FUTURE Programme:
Real-time reservoir management
Remote performance monitoring and collaboration
Advanced collaborative environments
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The paper will also describe how BP is deploying these technologies and capabilities, with particular emphasis on the revised business processes and enhanced people capabilities needed to underpin successful deployment at scale across its assets.
Finally, the paper will summarise current status of technology development and deployment in BP, the successes achieved to date and challenges that remain.
1. The origin of BP's FIELD OF THE FUTURE Programme
1.1. Internal and external environment
Rapid advances in digital technology are revolutionising the ways in which we acquire and process data and are improving the quality and efficiency of consequent decision making. These advances offer the oil industry a very significant opportunity to address the challenges of improving recoveries from existing and new fields, of improving operating efficiency in the face of unfavourable demographics, and of developing new fields in difficult and remote geographies.
It is a paradox that whilst the technologies to acquire and transmit data in real time or near real time has been available for a number of years, the oil industry has, with some exceptions, been slow to adopt these technologies for large scale deployment. Take-up is now improving as tools are being made available to post-process data, the industry begins to appreciate the degree of organisational change needed to exploit these technologies, and as the appropriate targeting of these technologies becomes clearer.
BP is addressing all of these challenges through its FIELD OF THE FUTURE programme which is one of the Technology Leadership Areas which BP believes will be key to delivery of its future business plans in Exploration and Production.
2.2. First steps in a real-time revolution
BP's FIELD OF THE FUTURE programme was established in 2003 with an initial focus on engagement and deployment, the objective being to deploy core technologies in a limited number of assets in order to build a track record, to re-affirm the prize and to build a technical and architectural foundation for subsequent ‘bigger moves'.
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