See how the Schlumberger Production System of the future will accommodate a wide range of production operating environments.
Today’s production systems can take several years to design and build, thus delaying the time to first oil. But reservoir production is not consistent—it changes over time. Therefore, facilities must be designed to handle the most challenging processing conditions that could occur over the field’s productive life. These considerations often result in overdesign, further delays, and additional capital outlay.
The Schlumberger production system of the future, however, will provide a fully integrated facility connecting the subsurface and surface. The process will begin with downhole real-time measurements and controls to manage and match production to optimally designed surface processing facilities.
The reservoir and surface data will be used in the design of standard and custom-engineered process, separation, and treatment technologies for oil, gas, water, and solids. By integrating our broad portfolio of processing capabilities and industry-leading subsurface modeling, the system will accommodate a wide range of production operating environments and accelerate the time to first oil.
Schlumberger integrated production and process facilities will be assembled in the field via modular, interchangeable units that readily allow easy modification and inclusion of necessary separation and treatment technologies from first oil to mature production. With the wealth of field knowledge available through extensive monitoring capabilities, our customers will benefit from data analytics and automation to efficiently manage the production facility’s level of autonomy.
Aligned to create value at every stage in the production life of a field—from fast-tracking first oil to peak and mature production rates—the modularity and flexibility of the Schlumberger integrated production system will enable optimization at any targeted production rate, effluent condition, or export oil quality requirement. The result is fine-tuned production performance and improved field economics.
The three stations shown of the Manara production and reservoir management system control the production characteristics of an individual zone. Produced fluids, noted with green for oil and blue for water, flow through a screen to the station where pressure, temperature, flow rate, and water cut are measured.
Saudi Aramco had a vision and commitment to develop technology that would take hydrocarbon recovery to a new level. Named after the Arabic word for lighthouse, the Manara system is the result of an eight-year collaboration between Saudi Aramco and Schlumberger.
The Manara production and reservoir management system is an intelligent completion system for multizone, multilateral, extended-reach, and Extreme Reservoir Contact wells. Combining 30 patented technologies, the Manara system provides permanent downhole pressure, temperature, water cut, and flow rate monitoring as well as in-lateral flow control of zones in real time.
The information derived from a conventional completion system typically permits engineers to make production decisions in days or weeks. The Manara system’s real-time permanent monitoring reduces the decision-making time to hours. This means reservoir workflows that commonly required three to six months can now be performed in one day. Integrated workflows from multiple disciplines create a collaborative work environment, where the identification and correction of problems in individual zones are made in real time. Rig time is reduced by optimizing a zone-by-zone cleanup procedure that also minimizes health, safety, and environmental risks.
The Manara system uses fewer parts than a conventional completion system. Electric power and downhole data pass through an inductive coupler that can service any number of well junctions. One electric control line connects through the wellbore to the wellhead via a single penetration.
Saudi Aramco’s Dhahran Advanced Research Center coordinated user requirements and, in conjunction with Schlumberger Engineering, developed a qualification testing program to de-risk the enabling technologies in the Manara system. This included extensive field testing in multiple Saudi Aramco wells. The Schlumberger focus on the transformation themes of technology, reliability, efficiency, and integration was important for the successful collaboration with Saudi Aramco.