Abstract

This paper describes a project implemented by Esso Production Malaysia Incorporated (EPMI) to improve Production Malaysia Incorporated (EPMI) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the data gathering and reporting activities on offshore platforms.

The Platform Data Capture project (PDCAP) will automate data gathering, transfer, processing and reporting of production and operation data from offshore platforms. The implementation of the PDCAP project will allow EPMI to capture production and operation data on offshore platforms using existing computing technology in combination with hand-held data entry terminals, personal computers and data acquisition mini-computers. personal computers and data acquisition mini-computers. The PDCAP project demonstrates the use of computing technology to reduce time spent by offshore staff on routine manual tasks of data gathering and reporting. This results in increased time for the staff to perform the more important facility surveillance and trouble-shooting work which then translates to safer and more effective platform operations.

Introduction

The PDCAP project was first identified in 1987 in an information system strategy study by EPMI's Production Department. The study called for a move from our current application-oriented environment to a data-oriented environment where data will be captured at source. shared, easily accessed and managed as a corporate resource.

EPMI now has a total of 24 oil producing platforms -13 are manned, and 11 are unmanned satellites. These platforms are located approximately 200 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. For 1991, EPMI plans is to install one Peninsular Malaysia. For 1991, EPMI plans is to install one additional oil producing satellite platform and one gas producing complex. producing complex. Oil produced from the 24 producing platforms are transported via pipelines and pumped by an offshore pumping platform for storage at the Terengganu Crude Oil Terminal (TCOT), which is located in the state of Terengganu on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. EPMI also operates at three other locations Peninsular Malaysia. EPMI also operates at three other locations in the state of Terengganu and they are the Kerteh office and Housing Complex, Kerteh Airport and the Kemaman (Materials) Supply Base.

The PDCAP project was selected as the first project for development of a system to capture production and operation data at source on the offshore platforms. This project basically in volves building a system to capture data electronically from offshore platforms and the Terengganu Crude Oil Terminal (TCOT) for use at the offices in the East Coast of Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur. (Refer to Figure 1).The data captured will then be automatically displayed in standard format reports for end users and management.

The implementation of this PDCAP system offshore will basically help to eliminate the labor-intensive and time-consuming task of performing manual capture, transcribing. and reporting of data on forms as currently practised on the platforms.

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