Today's exploration and production operations in offshore environments face increasing limitations on bed space and restricted evacuation capability. Manning operations the traditional way is no longer an option. Remote operations pose a feasible alternative which brings equally important additional benefits. This paper describes the technical and personnel considerations of developing and deploying a remanned solution for wellsites and also reviews the challenges and successes of doing so as a standard approach to wellsite operations with specific emphasis on remote data acquisition and monitoring.

Remanning can occur in varying degrees from remote data gathering to expert assistance of wellsite personnel, through personnel reduction up to complete removal. A case study for remanned data aquisition in Asia Pacific is analyzed. This deployment required the complete removal of mudlogging staff from the wellsite. This paper details the changes in roles and responsibilities, re-engineering of processes and challenges overcome which led to a successful implementation.

The implementation of a remote data aquisition service was a complete success. Virtual-presence of data engineers via integrated video and radio over intranet solutions and implementation of VPN solutions using advances in communications technology allowed optimum use of globally distributed expertise. These solutions provided the operator with significant additional benefits. Mudlogging rig footprint was reduced to zero while improving service quality through real-time decision making and instant geosciences analysis. Operational cost savings with reduced travel and support costs were achieved, in addition to the expected reduction in HS&E exposure.

The current emphasis on remote monitoring, support and data recording capabilities allied with pressure from operators and regulators to remotely deliver O&G services and increasing speeds of developing ICT. We can expect to see a dramatic shift in the traditional way of providing wellsite services. Remanning is an effective solution that has proven its capability; however, is still only implemented sparingly. With a focus on safety and efficiency, virtual staffing will become the standard over the coming years; here we include some of the furture developments that will need to be achieved to make this a reality.

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