This technical paper endeavours to describe the central role of Integrated Production Operations (IPO) in exploiting hydrocarbon reserves through the production phase of an asset. It provides definition of the key characteristics of IPO, sets out business case criterion for investment in IPO, challenges current industry positions and paradigms on future field management and provides a generic roadmap for operators seeking to be early adopters of IPO as a platform around which to organize their Digital Oil Field of the Future 1  (DOFF) initiatives.

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