Real Time is the new buzz in the upstream petroleum industry. So far, operators have been the main users of data measured at second or minute time increments to manage wells and keep them on production. Engineers usually see only a sub-set of the data - the daily production volumes and rates along with a few select- gauge pressure and temperature readings. The limited data means that they only see the result - the production volumes - and not the reason for a certain production parameter - e.g. choke size, pressures, temperatures.

SCADA - Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition - is the system, which connects to the gauges, collects the measured data and stores it in a database. Operators on the platform have direct access to this data and use them to control the wells. If the engineers see this data at all, they usually get them through a web browser interface and in a format they cannot directly use for their analysis. One of the reasons for this is that many SCADA providers come from other industries where the needs are quite different and the network resources are much more substantial.

This paper will introduce a new concept of integrating high frequency data up to the management level. Each level of the organization sees as much as they need or want to see of the high frequency data. The engineers have exactly the same view as the operators at the platform - at the same time. This might seem to be a problem at the first, but in the long term, it is an empowerment of the operators and brings engineers and operators closer together working as a team to manage the wells. The data also allows management to monitor the oil- and gas production leaving the platform to see if the target volumes are reached, or if a well is shut in.

Murphy has implemented this system in all of their operated deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico. This paper will give insights on how drastically it transformed the way of doing their daily work, how it changed the way operators work together with engineers, and in addition, an outlook of further improvements to the system based on their experience so far.

Note: All values in the figures at the end of the SPE paper are randomly generated and do not represent reality.

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