Fully automated Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD), as a technology and oilfield service, has been evolving in capability since approximately 2005. Here we look at the application of downstream advance technologies for upstream operation optimization, via increased automation and the benefits this can bring to MPD systems.

The tools, standards and processes already developed and field proven in other downstream industries are readily available and applicable for upstream operation optimization, standard compliances, risk management and reduction. Utilization of smart instrumentation with real-time diagnostics, multi-sensor voting system, large diaphragm seals transducers, auto tracking pressure relief valve control and adaptive self-tuning surface back pressure (SBP) control deliver enhanced capabilities and functionality to improve not only the control of the well but the overall system inherent safety.

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