The future of Intelligent Energy (IE) is tied to the success of our Major Capital Projects (MCPs). As exploration pushes into more remote and challenging environments, IE provides technology and processes that can help make these projects viable. However, the largest MCPs have a project lifecycle of several years, and it is hard to find the right moment to introduce IE concepts – too early, and there is too much uncertainty about the overall project philosophy and scope; too late, and the project schedule, design, and budgets have already been frozen.

Methods, Procedures, Process:

We present a structured approach for IE engagement that has been developed using learning from the early IE initiative at Chevron and is now used successfully to help MCPs manage challenges associated with designing for a future that can be five or more years away. This allows MCPs to maintain flexibility and avoid being locked in to aging technologies, while managing risk and avoiding expensive scope or schedule changes. IE concepts are introduced early to help influence the operating philosophy and design and to allow for consideration of research and development activities. This results in a structured program to deliver the selected IE solutions at the right time – some of which may be before first production.

Results, Observations, Conclusions:

Throughout the paper, we will use examples from MCPs in the Chevron portfolio to illustrate how this approach has been successful in engaging early, selecting appropriate solutions and delivering value.

Novel/Additive Information:

We explain how the approach is aligned with the MCP project management process, assurance and documentation requirements. In each phase, there are specific requirements and deliverables, including a rigorous deployment program for the selected solutions and structured handover to the operating asset.

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