Eni Australia is operating the Blacktip gas field offshore Australia and Kitan oil field offshore East Timor. The main challenge was to manage these green fields remotely, with lean resources and strict deadlines covering tasks like data capture and acquisition, data validation, application integration and field analysis efficiently. The implications of the decisions made during the development of a green field are imperative to the optimization of reservoir production. Therefore, an integrated production decision support system was required for performance monitoring of asset health and optimizing production to meet the targets.
This paper describes how these challenges were overcome at Eni Australia by centralizing the operations of both fields into a standardized production platform, providing a seamless data transfer from offshore assets to the onshore technical office and establishing the foundation towards a digital oilfield. The platform framework automates the process of acquisition, transfer, conditioning, aggregation and storage of production and operations data into a secure centralized data repository with an auditable amendment history. The production platform provides improved operational and reservoir visibility, which forms the basis for all subsequent analysis and underpins the engineering justification to support operational decisions.
The current solution framework provides a multifunctioning system that can be expanded for future assets and fields as they come online by leveraging the investment in the existing system. All the domain experts, from production operations to reservoir engineering, will have the required information at their fingertips for collaborative decision making. Thus, a centralized production platform provides engineers with an improved field visibility for remote field management, proactive decision making and help them to strategically develop fields by optimizing production.