Weatherford production optimisation software boosts revenue by US$156mn for Middle East operator

zachary theodore guADzpF9pDI unsplashWeatherford International, one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies, has announced its production optimisation software platform increased production by nearly 6,000 bpd, boosting revenue by US$156mn over three years for a Middle East operator

The Weatherford production optimisation software platform enabled the customer to automate production monitoring, analysis, and optimisation asset-wide for 1,700 Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) wells.

Once the Weatherford team mapped and identified the data requirements needed to build and sustain an automated ESP well model, they instituted automated data gathering, model tuning, and data-quality validation. These steps enabled the customer to proactively manage failures and opportunities in real time across all wells from a single, integrated platform.

Manoj Nimbalkar, vice-president, production automation and software, Weatherford, said, “Weatherford digitalisation solutions place a premium on achieving a return on investment in a very short time while building value over the long term.

“The new model indicated optimisation opportunities in 40 per cent of the customer wells, and within six months, this solution increased incremental production and revenue at a rate of 2,000 bpd. In short, this solution paid for itself in a matter of weeks.”

Over the three years since implementation, the value of the system has increased. The CAPEX-free solution identified opportunities that improved production by nearly 6,000 bpd, representing a US$52mn average annual increase in incremental revenue, or US$156mn over three years.

A critical customer requirement was that the solution should be able to extend beyond ESP to all forms of artificial lifting and allow pattern-recognition techniques for predictive failure management.

The software platform integrated all data into a single system and eliminated data-quality issues, which led to a 95 per cent increase in data-quality KPI compliance. The newly available integrated data and improved data quality allowed the customer to implement predictive-failure analytics for ESP wells by using machine learning, and also set the foundation for optimisation and predicting failures for other forms of lift.

“The operator selected the Weatherford production optimisation software platform as the sole system because of its ability to manage all forms of lift. The platform reduced downtime in some assets by 30 per cent through proactive failure management and pattern-recognition models. This is the key to our technologies: Rather than only striving for more barrels, we make equal gains in asset uptime and personnel efficiency to deliver a value that is unmatched in the market today,” said Nimbalkar.

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