Gazpromneft-Vostok has commissioned a digital twin of the Urmano-Archinskaya group of fields, located in the Tomsk Oblast. This innovative system is one of the tools available through the company’s Production Control Centre (PCC), which brings together various oil and gas field infrastructure models. Launching this digital twin will make it possible to increase hydrocarbon production (while also increasing environmental friendliness), as well as increasing associated petroleum gas (APG) utilisation.
This integrated digital twin has been developed for the Urmano-Archinskaya group (which is marked by a high gas factor),* bringing together models covering strata, wells and infrastructure facilities. This will increase efficiency in managing production well stock and oil gathering and treatment facilities, as well as in ensuring optimum in-field APG usage.
The Gazpromneft-Vostok PCC currently controls the operation of 49 cluster pads, more than 500 wells, and five hydrocarbon treatment facilities, across 10 fields in the Tomsk and Omsk Oblasts,** round the clock. Helped by digital analytical and forecasting tools, engineers monitor and support the processes involved in oil production, processing the oil to marketable standards, and its transportation.
The PCC’s activities are supported by a cross-functional team including engineers, geologists, technologists, and IT specialists. Digital systems increase speed and quality in decision making, and help minimise non-productive losses, while maximising production efficiency. Going forward, as new assets come onstream, development of these will also be managed by the PCC.
“Gazprom Neft was one of the first companies to initiate the full and integrated digitalisation of its production processes. Now, Industry 4.0 tools are helping us at every stage of new projects — from hydrocarbon prospecting and installation of surface-facilities and infrastructure, to drilling support and ongoing asset development. Launching a digital production control system in the Tomsk and Omsk Oblasts means we can unleash the full production potential of both mature and new fields, as effectively and as safely — for both people, and the environment — as possible.”Sergey Doktor Head of Oil and Gas Production Directorate, Gazprom Neft
“Using digital tools opens up unique opportunities for us. Innovative systems mean we can utilise existing well stock as efficiently as possible, monitoring 10 fields, in real time. We have developed and commissioned an integrated model of the Urmano-Archinskaya group of fields. The next step is — developing digital models of other Gazpromneft-Vostok assets. AI-based technologies will allow us to become still more technologically advanced, and efficient.”Konstantin Karabadzhak Director General, Gazpromneft-Vostok
* A “digital twin” is a digital replica of a physical object or process, which is used to help optimise managerial and business efficiency. The concept of a digital twin is intended to help businesses quickly identify and eliminate any deviations in production processes, predict outcomes more accurately, and maximise quality, throughout their activities.
** The Production Control Centre (PCC) manages the operation of oil and gas production infrastructure facilities at the Urmanskoye, Archinskoye, Shinginskoye, Zapadno-Luginetskoye, Kulginskoye, Smolyanoye and Yuzhno-Tabaganskoye fields, the south—west section of the Krapivinskoye field, and the Nizhneluginetskoye and Vostochno-Myginskoye fields.
The Production Control Centre receives data on oil and gas production and auxiliary equipment, pipelines, energy systems and other field facilities’ operational metrics. After analysing these, the system selects optimal equipment-loading modes, in line with current production, planning, energy consumption and dozens of other factors.
The PCC has been established as part of Gazprom Neft’s Assets of the Future programme — an integrated approach to the organisational and digital-transformation of the Gazprom Neft Upstream Division’s business model, at every level — from production floor to corporate headquarters. The objective of this programme is to fine-tune the division’s business processes and technological advancement, and to create a cutting-edge digital “tool base” to improve the division’s operational efficiency and achieve the company’s strategic goal — of becoming the industry benchmark in terms of operational performance by increasing labour productivity and reducing production costs.