Schlumberger Technology Pinpoints Field Performance Problems

Schlumberger has recently released the Avocet 2012 production operations software platform to the oil and gas community. Avocet, a single, integrated-platform, is designed to identify performance problems quickly, with minimum downtime. The Avocet software platform will incorporate a complete and up-to-date model of operations with engineering analysis capabilities to pinpoint the reasons for production shortfalls, and allow producing assets to reach production targets consistently, stated the company.

“Today, production engineers manage seven times more wells than they did in the mid-1990s,” said Meyer Bengio, vice president, petroleum engineering, Schlumberger Information Solutions. “The large number of wells combined with the significant increase in real-time data generated from permanent sensors has created a situation in which engineers only have time to react to well problems, rather than preventing them. With Avocet, engineers can be proactive with all of their wells and act with confidence to close the gap between actual and potential production.”

Avocet 2012 enables operators to capture and validate field data, to assess production and equipment, track specialized oil field operations, and provide detailed wellbore configuration schematics. The software platform connects directly to petroleum engineering simulations like PIPESIM models and analytical applications such as OFM software to analyze collected data.

The company said that flow assurance problems can be clearly identified using model-based surveillance in a streamlined workflow. By combining data with models, field issues are identified early, reducing the field’s downtime and optimizing its performance.

“Every asset is unique and presents a multitude of potential problems from the reservoir to the point of sale. Avocet is engineered to encompass the entire production system in all types of operations -- offshore, onshore, conventional and unconventional, making it a software platform ideally suited for addressing the requirements of integrated operations,” said Bengio.

Furthermore, the design of the software was engineered to help the industry to support audits, security and regulatory compliance. Equipment or data types can be added to the software as operations change over time. Schlumberger will charge users (any operator in the industry) a one-time implementation fee along with regular support services fees for the use of Avocet.

BreitBurn, a company with reserve assets throughout the United States, requested Schlumberger create a harmonized system to organize production data gathered through different systems both locally and regionally. The company said that the difficulty in retrieving data delayed critical operational decisions due to the data not being loaded into the field systems and accessible to everyone involved. As the company planned to expand its assets, a solution needed to be implemented.

Schlumberger and BreitBurn collaborated on the installation and configuration of the AVM software at various asset locations. The purpose of implementing the software was to use consistent data collection methods while allowing the assets to specify parameters.

To date, Avocet 2012 minimized manual well intervention and the number of validation points, significantly improving field data information through processes and procedures, said the company.



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