Digital oilfield technology demonstrated

Digital oilfields are becoming more and more important to ensure the utmost efficiency in the production phase as companies look to cut costs as oil prices continue to drop worldwide.

01/06/2015


Rockwell Automation digital oil field capabilities were shown at Automation Fair 2014 in Anaheim, as with this remote monitoring software applied to a Shell Ontario pump-dispensing application. Courtesy: CFE Media, Control Engineering, Mark T. HoskeAs oil prices plummet to lows not seen in more than five years, efficiency and low cost have become hot topics in the U.S. oil and gas industry. To further drive home these important concepts, the 2014 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), held in mid-November 2014­­, placed emphasis on integrated information, control, power, and safety solutions across the oil and gas value chain. Rockwell Automation, one of the featured participants at the conference, promoted solutions to optimize production while enhancing business performance. The presentations are timely because as the price of oil falls, producers are looking to reduce costs and squeeze as much revenue as possible from resource plays. Digital oilfields are becoming more and more important to ensure the utmost efficiency in the production phase.

Thony Brito, regional sales manager at vMonitor, (now owned by Rockwell) said, "We're enabling the digital oilfield by providing end-to-end digital oilfield solutions to the oil and gas industry. We bridge the gap between oilfield service and automation companies by designing affordable, fully integrated systems that capture and send data from the remote asset site to the office, offering compatibility and seamless integration with third-party systems and customers' existing data infrastructures."

vMonitor demonstrated wellhead, pipeline, and remote tank-level monitoring in addition to artificial lift monitoring and analysis systems such as gas-lift well-monitoring. These reengineering capabilities for the automation industry are developed by advanced wireless communication solutions for the oil and gas industry and provide savings over conventional technology.

Services related to digital oilfields are going to be very important during 2015 as the price of oil is predicted to remain relatively low, which affects the U.S. shale and unconventional hydrocarbons resources because of the high costs of extraction. With oil prices below $60 per barrel, producer profitability is already below the break-even price point in many of the shale plays in the U.S. With increased efficiency provided by enhanced monitoring and wireless services at oilfields, companies could increase production and weather the storm until oil prices rebound.

- Eric R. Eissler, associate editor, Oil & Gas Engineering, CFE Media. eeissler@cfemedia.com

For more news on the oil and gas industry within Control Engineering and Plant Engineering see www.controleng.com/og and www.plantengineering.com/og.



No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Controller programming; Safety networks; Enclosure design; Power quality; Safety integrity levels; Increasing process efficiency
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me