Saudi Aramco recently inaugurated its first Production Operations Surveillance Hub (POSH) at Ju’aymah Industrial Complex in the Northern Area.
The new hub will augment the onsite monitoring of well site equipment by production engineers at well sites around the Northern Area fields with real-time information from production wells and fields. By centralizing all surveillance in a single hub, will be able to anticipate and respond to problems more quickly, manage its equipment and assets more efficiently, and maintain the reliability of the Kingdom’s hydrocarbon resources.
“By developing and using our own intelligent field technologies, we are not only increasing the reliability of our equipment; we are demonstrating our capacity to be a reliable global supplier of energy,” said Nasir K. Al-Naimi, vice president of Northern Area Oil Operations.
“POSH will provide advanced alerts to production engineers in the field, allowing us to work smarter and use our equipment, resources and people more efficiently and effectively,” said Naji A. Al-Umair, manager of the Northern Area Production Engineering and Well Services Department.
Saudi Aramco was one of the first major oil companies to grasp the significance of intelligent field technologies and deploy them. Seeing the benefits in enhancing operations, the company has deployed intelligent field technology over the past decade in the following ways:
- Smart well completions.
- Permanent downhole monitoring systems.
- Single, dual and multiphase flow meters.
- Pressure and temperature transmitters.
- Fiber optic and wireless data transmission systems.
- Real-time data warehouses and data mining.
Although individual technologies have been deployed at company well sites over the past decade — making it possible to minimize costs and shut-in time during interventions — the industry is still looking for the most effective way to integrate all these technologies into a single solution that can give production engineers the ability to make effective decisions based on real-time data.
This is where a surveillance hub such as POSH can make a significant difference.
How POSH assists production
The POSH team will consist of four surveillance engineers who focus on four key themes:
- Wells and field production management.
- Intelligent field equipment and data health surveillance.
- Electrical submersible pump equipment performance monitoring.
- Field activity tracking and coordination.
POSH engineers can assist production engineers in the field anticipate and react to equipment and other well site issues as they occur.
For example, with the wells and fields production management focus area, well-performance surveillance will be continuous and pre-diagnostics alerts will be generated automatically, giving field teams the information and recommendations they need to apply optimum solutions. This is a vast improvement over the present system.
With the Intelligent Field Data Reliability Application, a surveillance engineer in Ju’aymah can monitor the health of intelligent field equipment and generate key performance indicators about nodes of data and the quality of data.
POSH’s monitoring of electrical submersible pumps tackles day-to-day diagnostics and contributes to achieving target rates by maximizing production and avoiding costly equipment failure.
POSH will also help production departments track and coordinate field activities with a SAP-based enterprise solution that integrates and streamlines business processes for well and field services. Called the Well and Field Automation Project (WAFA), this solution will improve the business planning process, optimize the scheduling of jobs, enhance jobs completion efficiency and maximize the utilization of resources.
The heavy lift barge Lan Jing completed the installation of the Hasbah tie-in platform (TP) using its 7,500-ton crane, carrying weight that reached about 5,000 tons – a new record for Saudi Aramco’s heavy lift operation.
The new tie-in platform was installed as part of the ongoing work to complete the Arabiyah-Hasbah Offshore Gas Fields Project, which will produce 2.5 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas per day through the Wasit Gas Plant when completed. An intermediate injection platform was also installed.
The Lan Jing has also completed the installation of the Arabiyah field tie-in platform, which weighs 4,600 tons, and the intermediate injection platform, which weighs 1,800 tons.
Nasir K. Al-Naimi, vice president of Northern Area Oil Operations, and Fahad E. Al-Helal, vice president of Project Management, conducted a recent site visit to the offshore project location at Hasbah TP. During the visit, Mohammed Al-Sadiq, senior project engineer from Project Management, presented the progress of the project completion and what has been achieved so far, and the project is progressing as planned.
Among those taking part in the visit were Ali Al-Nojaim, general manager of Safaniyah Area Producing; Mansour Al-Dossary, manager of the Northern Area Gas Producing Department; Mohammed Al-Kordy, manager of the Offshore Projects Department; Ahmed Al-Mulhem, commissioning leader from NAOO; Naji Al-Umair, manager of the Northern Area Production Engineering and Well Services Department; Abdulaziz Al-Dulaijan, senior project manager of the Arabiyah/Hasbah Project divisions; Khalid Al-Zamil, superintendent of the Arabiyah Hasbah Gas Producing Division; and Faisal Al-Dubaiban, assistant to the NAOO vice president.
Four engineers from Saudi Aramco have been elected board members on the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) following a vote held by the national organization last month.
The four employees are Jamil J. Al-Bagawi, manager of the Operational Excellence Department; Mishal Al-Zughaibi, head of the Technology Management Division in Engineering Services; Yousef A. Al-Furaidan, manager of the Southern Area Production Engineering Department; and Abdulrahman S. Al-Jarri, manager of the Production and Facilities Development Department.
The four new members will serve a three-year term on the board, which has 10 members in total. This is the 5th elected board for the SCE.
The main role of the SCE includes setting criteria and standards of best practice for the engineering profession in the Kingdom. The SCE also encourages the practice of conducting innovative, cutting-edge research and provides a viable platform for promoting the credentials of engineers in Saudi Arabia to international standards of excellence.
“I strongly believe that the prosperity of any country is directly related to the strength and effective contributions of its engineers,” says Al-Bagawi. “Being selected for the SCE board represents an opportunity for me to contribute to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s engineering sector in many aspects such as building engineering capabilities, ensuring engineering standards remain at the highest level, and cultivating the engineering culture to help build a knowledge-based economy.”
All four board members from Saudi Aramco have a long list of affiliations with a variety of engineering-related associations both on national and international levels. Al-Bagawi has published more than 25 papers in journals, and his work has also been featured at several international conferences.
“Being elected to the board is just the start of a long journey to keep improving the engineering profession in Saudi Arabia,” says Al-Zughaibi, who joined Saudi Aramco in 2000. “It is a great opportunity to be on the Saudi Council of Engineers board of directors to help bridge the gap between the academia and the industry and introduce a culture of engineering innovation, where engineers can lead the national economy development.”
Al-Furaidan, who joined the company in 1982, says he will support efforts to strengthen the engineering profession in Saudi Arabia by helping to ensure that SCE shares its insights and expertise on a national level. He says it’s important that engineers understand the roles and responsibilities associated with the profession, and would like to see those issues well documented and practiced throughout the Kingdom.
“We need to cooperate with national and international engineering firms to establish engineering standards to enhance project execution in the country,” says Al-Furaidan. “It’s also important to encourage, and leverage technology advancements and establish a presence in the country to create more job opportunities and strengthen the local economy.”
Al-Jarri, a member of the Saudi Aramco Board of Engineers, was the 2014 recipient of the MENA region’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Award for Projects, Facilities and Construction in recognition of his contribution to the industry in the upstream facilities discipline.
“The Saudi Council of Engineers presents a refined pathway to further the development of our Kingdom’s engineers through fueling a competitive environment, increasing job opportunities, and refining current legislations to meet the demands of an ever-changing global market,” said Al-Jarri.
He has also been heavily involved in international conferences over his 30-year caree. Al-Jarri is currently serving as a member of the 2015 MEOS executive committee. He also served as technical co chairman of the 2013 SPE Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference.
The Statute of the Saudi Council of Engineers, which was approved by Royal Decree, advocates a collaborative approach between industry and academia to create a talent pool from which the Kingdom can benefit.
Saudi Aramco continues to pursue its long term strategy to become the world’s leading integrated energy enterprise despite the current downturn in the global oil industry, Khalid A. Al-Falih, President and CEO, Saudi Aramco reiterated at the 8th Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF) in Riyadh.
During a keynote session titled Saudi Aramco’s Future Vision and its Role in Transforming the National Economy, Al-Falih said the company’s investments are deeply aligned with initiatives and programs to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy. Saudi Aramco is working closely with government agencies, including the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), to attract foreign investments to the Kingdom. He outlined his vision for a Saudi economy that is more competitive and attractive to foreign investors and powered by a highly-skilled workforce that has a greater participation by Saudi Nationals.
“Saudi Aramco is committed to its long-term strategy to become the world’s leading, integrated energy and chemicals company. We are creating economic opportunity by diversifying, investing in new sectors and attracting foreign direct investment into our supply chain and contracting business.” said Al-Falih.
Addressing the impact of the current downturn on the company’s strategy, Al-Falih said that the lower price environment is an opportunity for Saudi Aramco and the industry as a whole to sharpen its fiscal discipline and drive value. Saudi Aramco remains “in position, ready to adjust to market dynamics” with “the resources, capabilities and long-term vision to optimize the natural resources of the Kingdom.”
Al-Falih said Saudi Aramco is investing in unconventional gas that will fuel new industries and create new jobs in the Kingdom. “Saudi Arabia will be the next frontier for the development of shale gas and unconventionals,” he said.
Al-Falih highlighted the collaborative role of Saudi Aramco, including the Aramco Entrepreneurship Centre (Wa’ed), to drive the Small and Medium Enterprise sector and local innovation, focusing effort on the development and commercialization of critical technologies that the Kingdom’s expanding economy requires.
Al-Falih also emphasized the importance of education and skills development in boosting the long-term prospects of the Kingdom, referencing Saudi Aramco’s expanding network of global research centers and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs implemented across the Kingdom.
In concluding, Al-Falih said “Saudi Aramco is building its talent and technology capabilities which, ultimately, are our strongest competitive advantages.” he continued, “With Saudi and international universities and many other collaborative partners Saudi Aramco is part of a movement in Saudi Arabia to drive high-end knowledge creation across the Kingdom.”
Khalid A. Al Falih, Saudi Aramco President and CEO, participated on January 21 in a panel discussion entitled The Geo-Economics of Energy at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
In his comments Mr. Al-Falih outlined key factors behind current market conditions and emphasized that, despite market volatility, Saudi Aramco is resilient and committed to its long-term strategy.
The panel session, included Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA), Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania, Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer, Eni, Italy, Abdalla Salem El Badri, Secretary-General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, and Daniel Yergin, Vice-Chairman, IHS, and panel moderator.
To view a recording of the panel discussion please visit: http://www.saudiaramco.com/en/home/news-media/live-streaming.html