BP deploys cloud-based analytics solution on Gulf of Mexico platforms


ARC continues to take every opportunity to highlight examples of owner-operators that are leveraging IIoT-enabled solutions such as cloud-based analytics that enable them to continue their journey towards digital transformation.  In previous blogs ARC has highlighted its strong belief that strong technology partnerships are critical for companies seeking to fully leverage the true power of digital technologies to improve their operations and strive for operational excellence.

Cloud-based analytics empower digital transformation

BP announced recently that it has successfully deployed Plant Operations Advisor (POA), a cloud-based advanced analytics solution developed with Baker Hughes, a GE company, across all four of its operated production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.  POA applies analytics to real-time data from the production system and provides system-level insights to engineers so operational issues on processes and equipment can be addressed before they become significant.


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Proof is in the pudding, cloud-based analytics really do work

The announcement comes after an initial deployment of POA proved the technology could help prevent unplanned downtime at BP’s Atlantis platform in the Gulf. The technology has now been successfully installed and tested at BP’s Thunder Horse, Na Kika and Mad Dog platforms – and it will continue to be deployed to more than 30 of BP’s upstream assets across the world.

Built on GE’s Predix platform, POA applies analytics to real-time data from the production system and provides system-level insights to engineers so operational issues on processes and equipment can be addressed before they become significant. POA helps engineers manage the performance of BP’s offshore assets by further ensuring that assets operate within safe operating limits to reduce unplanned downtime.

Cloud-based technologies are well suited for distributed and disparate operations

Now live across the Gulf of Mexico, POA works across more than 1,200 mission-critical pieces of equipment, analyzing more than 155 million data points per day and delivering insights on performance and maintenance. There are plans to continue augmenting the analytical capabilities in the system as POA is expanded to BP’s upstream assets around the world.

BP and BHGE announced a partnership in 2016 to develop POA, an industry-wide solution for improved plant reliability. The teams have built a suite of cloud-based IIoT solutions that have been tailor-fit for BP’s oil and gas operations. BP is currently in the process of deploying POA to its operations in Angola with additional deployments in Oman and the North Sea scheduled for 2019.

ARC encourages other owner-operators, independent E&P firms, and other oil & gas stakeholders to consider their road map for digital transformation and to reach out to technology partners that can help them navigate their journey as the benefits far outweigh any challenges or hiccups that may be encountered when any organization attempts to make changes to their operations, work processes and/or their culture.  ARC realizes that people and processes and the culture that is embedded in an organization’s DNA is as equally as important than the digital technologies designed to optimize performance and achieve real business value.

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Tim Shea
Senior Analyst

As a senior analyst at ARC, Tim’s research primarily focuses on upstream oil & gas automation as well as Digital Oilfield technologies.

Tim’s focus areas include upstream oil and gas operational activities in support of the Digital Oilfield including multiphase flow metering, oilfield operations management systems, artificial lift optimization, leak detection systems, drilling optimization, compressor and turbine monitoring & controls, and general field devices such as radar and ultrasonic level measurement devices, and pressure transmitters, among others.


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