Offshore Oil and Gas operators need solutions that are ready to use, quick to deploy, and intuitive to use in order to reap the benefits that digital technologies are promising. However, all too often, issues such as complex applications and workflows, and resistance to change work together to cause unacceptable delays in deploying these solutions. This paper presents the experience of the Chevron Frade i-Field deployment project, which used out-of-the-box solutions that were configured and integrated in a short timeframe to deliver a solution that was ready for the project's First Oil.

This paper will explore how this fast-track integration was accomplished as well as the benefits that Chevron experienced as a result of the speed of its deployment. Some of the issues to be explored:

  1. The business context – Oil and Gas companies strive to mitigate risks associated with First Oil, as well as operability and production targets. The ability to monitor and provide end to end visibility to quickly diagnose the root cause of issues was critical to start-up and sustainable operations.

  2. The technologies – The project successfully deployed a real-time well performance monitoring and calculation solution, an integrated model-centric production simulation solution, and a pressure transient analysis suite that was connected to the real-time data available at the FPSO. Data was captured from data sources such as the wells, subsea equipment and facilities, then pre-cleansed to ensure quality of the calculations.

  3. The benefits – In addition to the anticipated benefits of the solution, Chevron experienced a number of unexpected benefits due to the fact that the project was up and running before First Oil. Chevron production, reservoir, and facility engineers diagnosed several field start-up teething issues. In several instances, well and FPSO stability issues were successfully diagnosed from onshore, leading to actions that reduced downtime and prevented loss of production during the startup process. This data integration effort continues to reduce the amount of time required to diagnose problems and allows for optimization of production opportunities.

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