As the upstream industry continues to delve into digital while tapping new and efficient ways to enhance efficiency, the sector’s ability to adapt to remote operations over the past year has been exceptional. When the pandemic struck, operators and service companies quickly transitioned to remote operations—and a year later, companies are using technologies that were a futuristic dream just a few years ago.
One such project was carried out by Baker Hughes, deploying remote operations digital technology to more than 200 sites across Saudi Aramco’s drilling operations in Dhahran. The project, which was completed in June, provided Saudi Aramco with a single solution covering data aggregation, real-time, unified data streaming and visualization, data management, software development services and monitoring personnel.
E&P talked to the man who led the project—Shan Jegatheeswaran, vice president of digital for Oilfield Services with Baker Hughes.
“We were able to provide a full service, one-stop shop to get the job done,” he said. “We brought together the full might of a field technician team, a digital and data team, and a team of oil and gas domain experts to build the digital experience from rig site to remote monitoring and surveillance. Having a single accountable team allowed us to deliver for Aramco in record time.”