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November 2017 Special Report: Automation integral to oilfield operations

by Indrajit Sen on Nov 12, 2017


Emerson's proven Project Certainty approach delivers projects faster, at lower cost, with less risk and improved operational benefits through the lifecycle of the plant.
Emerson's proven Project Certainty approach delivers projects faster, at lower cost, with less risk and improved operational benefits through the lifecycle of the plant.

How does your company help your oil and gas clients automate operations? Does your portfolio have adequate products/technologies to help oil and gas operators achieve automation?

Emerson has long been proud of the breadth of its portfolio and its innovation. There are vanishingly few applications in the upstream segment for which we cannot provide measurement and control technologies. Our service and support is another strength we have that backs this up. We have located personnel who work on our customer sites across the Middle East to ensure that expertise is never far away from where it is needed. What is increasingly being recognised is that, to gain full advantage from the new technologies and capabilities, a different approach is needed in project execution. Emerson’s proven Project Certainty approach delivers projects faster, at lower cost, with less risk and improved operational benefits through the lifecycle of the plant.

On that same note, kindly talk about a particular product or technology from within your company’s offering that has helped/will help an upstream customer automate a certain process.

Oil and gas operators often struggle to justify the investment of a single multiphase or wet gas flow meter per well. The need is for individual well flow rate information to be provided by field-proven technology in a cost-effective way. Based on the well profile, operators often need a multiphase metering solution that can evolve and provide flexibility over time. The fields and their flow conditions continue to change, and often no single optimum measuring method or meter size is applicable for the complete lifetime of the wells. There is a need for a technology platform that can fulfil the flow measurement requirements and one that can be customised to meet varying field conditions. 

Emerson’s Roxar Multiphase meter 2600 technology platform has several options and modules in addition to the base version. These include Gamma, Venturi, a wet gas operating mode, and a Multiphase Salinity System. Based on the operator’s needs and preferences, these modules can be mixed and matched to suit the requirements of the application, which can be:

• Watercut trending (on a single well)
• Flow rate trending (on a single well)
• Allocation metering (on a single well)
• Periodic well testing / multi-well metering
• Comingled wells metering
• Online corrosion and erosion monitoring to optimise production and dosing of corrosion inhibitor chemicals

Kindly provide details of a particular upstream project where your company’s product or technology has helped the operator achieve automation in operations. What are some of the challenges your client faced in achieving automation of activities and how did Emerson help them in overcoming those?

One of our clients is running a multi-year project to implement a digital oilfield across an ageing asset. They have hundreds of wells and multiple separation facilities. We have worked with them to implement a range of compatible technologies on standalone projects that have yielded operational benefits in and of themselves, but are all designed to enable the greater vision of the digital oilfield.

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