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Oil and Gas

Solution Brief

Business Impact Challenges

SAS enables us to accurately predict, • Lack of data-driven, early-warning systems. • Inconsistent views across multiple moni-
manage, optimize and plan the Without automatic notifications, potential toring systems and assets. Key param-
performance of our artificial lift failures are more easily overlooked. eters are monitored separately for each
systems on some of our most type of equipment, overwhelming users.
important assets. • High volumes and velocities of sensor data.
Integrating and managing sensor data • Planning complexity. Due to increased
Remote Services Manager
Multinational Oil and Gas Company and adding operational context has scale, it’s difficult to schedule resources,
become increasingly difficult. supplies and workflows across thousands
of assets simultaneously.

Improve artificial lift strategy, reliability and efficiency with

predictive analytics
The Issue Our Approach
With decreasing margins from every barrel of oil and gas produced, Our solution reduces unscheduled downtime, optimizes maintenance
the industry is focused on managing operational costs to maintain cycles, helps identify root causes and prescribes operational parameters
incremental profit margins and cash flow. Artificial lift systems are one that extend the mean time to failure. We help you:
way to extend the useful life of a production well without incurring • Identify the precursors of unplanned adverse events, maximizing
additional development costs, but they introduce additional equip- asset efficiency.
ment risk and process volatility. Minimizing deferment and operational
• Verify, enrich and govern asset data for analysis with our compre-
costs associated with artificial lift system failures has become crucial.
hensive data management software.
Artificial lift optimization is a complex process that involves many • Predict when maintenance will be required through data mining
resources and substantial operational expenses. Unplanned mainte- and predictive modeling so you can alert stakeholders to minimize
nance can also result in long outages that reduce cash flow. or prevent operational disruptions.
• Optimize maintenance resources, supplies and fleets – as well
Reliability engineers must plan maintenance schedules that are
as aging and degrading assets – using resource optimization and
proactive and enhance the operational effectiveness of the lift system.
scenario analysis tools.
Meanwhile, upstream companies are challenged to gather data from
disparate systems, enrich it with operational intent, and analyze it for
SAS® gives you the power to predict anomalies and failures in artificial
meaningful insights.
lift systems, improving the quality and productivity of your operations.
The SAS® Difference: Case Study:
Identify process improvements or emerging A multinational oil and gas company
patterns of pending lift system failure.
Other solutions rely on condition-based alerts to identify potential Situation
asset failures. SAS identifies and tests multivariate, multidimensional, The company’s remote artificial lift surveillance team needed to
and stochastic conditions, and then standardizes problem resolution improve the profitability of deep-water assets. Vendor-supplied models
through case management. With SAS you get: for electrical submersible pumps (ESPs) were not matching actual
pump performance. Liquid carryover (LCO) in the gas riser was causing
• Advanced analytics and machine learning to continuously monitor
frequent shut-ins in order to drain the lines, deferring production and
your lift system’s health and send alerts if equipment or assets are
affecting the bottom line.
likely to fail. Test sensor data and operational conditions using
defined rules, thresholds and models in real time and determine
the root cause of a failure.
The company used SAS to build more accurate models of pump
• Sophisticated linguistic rules that uncover insights hidden in
efficiency for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) planning. These models
unstructured text data. SAS transforms your unstructured data into
help monitor pump failures and LCO events across thousands of wells.
organized information about the intent, procedures and activities
A dashboard alerts engineers to anomalies in pump performance.
related to lift data.
• An asset management dashboard with enhanced visualization and Results
mobile self-service reporting of current KPIs from different dimen-
The company was able to identify the operational cause of well
sions, locations, functions, asset types, etc.
backpressure and was able to reduce:
• An enterprise maintenance data model that integrates all relevant
• Operating costs from unexpected ESP failures on deep-water
data from sensors for a comprehensive, reliable view of asset
assets by $3 million per event.
performance regardless of source or format.
• LCO prevention chemical costs by $1.2 million per year.
• Nonproductive time associated with LCO by 75 percent.

What if you could …

Improve data for analysis Shorten time from problem Use more data and You can. SAS gives you
What if you could quickly discovery to resolution analytics for planning THE POWER TO KNOW®.
assemble and verify What if you could use your What if you could rely on
artificial lift performance data to understand the complex what-if scenarios to predict
data in order to scale your relationships between opera- outcomes from various EOR
operational surveillance tional targets and physical strategies, and then rapidly
models across all of your capabilities to identify create production forecasts?
global assets? inefficient EOR strategies?

SAS Facts
• SAS helps customers at more than • SAS has more than 200 customers • SAS is a leader in The Forrester Wave™:
75,000 sites improve performance worldwide in the oil and gas industry. Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions.
and deliver value by making better
decisions faster.

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