For BP the North Sea is an important mature basin which produces around 15% of the company's total global production of around 4000 mboed. However, like many mature basins sustaining a profitable and competitive future is challenged by the overall decline in oil and gas production rates, increasing trend in unit operating costs, the integrity and operability of the ageing infrastructure and the changing demographics of the work force. In this perspective, North Sea has become a key exemplar that illustrates how BP's FIELD OF THE FUTURE programme can help to meet numerous challenges in the management of mature areas.

To help manage and reduce the negative impact of these business challenges BP is implementing a North Sea regional FIELD OF THE FUTURE Technology programme. The vision over the next 5 years is to deploy FIELD OF THE FUTURE technologies at scale across most BP operated fields with the aspiration to improve overall production by 5% and reduce operating cost by 10%.

For the North Sea mature assets the main focus is around four technical projects: Advanced Collaborative Environments (ACE); Real time data monitoring and surveillance; Advanced control and optimization; Automation and remote control. From the outset BP has discovered many challenges in deploying and implementing at scale across a region. This paper will share some of the key challenges and insights involved in implementing at scale the technical projects through the appropriate process, organisation capability and technology across the region.

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