How are your oil and gas wells performing? If you have automation in place, you would know that information without making a trip to the field. By having constant monitoring in place, and having control over most of the processes at the site, you can maximize the performance of the wells at minimal cost.
How Can Automation Improve Well Performance?
A typical well pad, single or multiple, includes a lot of equipment. Monitoring and managing all of that equipment either requires a lot of manpower in the field or the ability to do everything from a central monitoring/control site. Automation offers the central monitoring site a way to see what is going on in the field, manage the equipment and send out manpower to the most needed sites.
Here are just a few ways automation can improve well performance, especially when compared to onsite management:
It offers real-time data for monitoring and managing the site. You cannot afford to have someone at each site 24/7 managing and monitoring the equipment. Automation affords you that capability without the manpower cost. Computers can process the data, making equipment adjustments as needed and alerting monitoring personnel to potential issues.
It provides the ability to automatically adjust equipment based on performance parameters. There is a lot of data generated at each well site. Computers can sort through that data quickly. Engineers can set performance parameters, which the computers can respond to as needed.
It gives real-time alerts if leaks or equipment failures are detected. Monitoring personnel can receive alerts via email, phone, or text. They can see what is happening in real-time and dispatch crews as needed to the field.
It facilitates production enhancement. Remote automation makes tweaking injection rate on a Gas Lift operation, changing the rate on an ESP or altering the target speed on a plunger lift possible, thus allowing for production improvements based on trending analysis heretofore unavailable to production managers.
It keeps the site more secure.Some well site automation projects include remote cameras. This allows for the monitoring site to detect intruders and respond accordingly. This helps prevent downtime due to vandalism.
It helps companies meet or exceed environmental and safety standards. Leaks are not only environmental hazards, but they also mean downtime and lost product. Preventing leaks and keeping the site safe increases throughput and prevents costly fines.
It ensures measurement integrity. Operators utilizing check measurement can rest easy knowing they have digital data backup in the event of lost or disputed volumes.
Each incremental improvement to well production improves profitability. If you are looking for ways to improve your profitability, it is time to add or improve the automation you have at each site. Champion Automation can do the job for you.