Digital Drilling: Taking Remote Solutions to the Next Level

In a landmark project, Baker Hughes delivered data management and insights across Saudi Aramco’s entire drilling fleet, making it the largest deployment in Baker Hughes’ history.

Baker Hughes conducted more than 400 onshore and offshore trips across 350,000 kilometers to install rig-site edge devices and integrate digital capabilities into Aramco’s existing digital infrastructure. (Source: Baker Hughes)

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.”

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Faiza Rizvi

Faiza Rizvi is a senior associate editor of Business & ESG for Hart Energy's editorial department, with a strong focus on E&P Plus and She has been covering all facets of the U.S. and international energy industry for over 5 years.