Unmanned, remote wellsite locations require field personnel to manually track inventory, ensure proper dosage rates, troubleshoot pumps and facilitate chemical orders and delivery. A North American Operator was looking for a solution to better manage their chemical programme in their South Texas conventional oilfield. A shortage of information around orders and inventory can threaten security of supply, leaving an operator without chemical when it is needed for dynamic production changes, and constant physical monitoring requires many visits to the site, increasing labour costs and threatening process safety by increasing exposure to chemicals.
DATAIQ TLM PROVIDES FULL VISIBILITY TO YOUR CHEMICAL PROGRAM WITHOUT CONSTANT PHYSICAL MONITORING.
Nalco Champion collaborated with the customer to assess their current chemical programme, and found there was some scope for improvement for injection assurance, dosing accuracy and risk control that could be addressed with enhanced access to operational data. They selected 54 tank locations based on the criticality of chemical programs and remoteness of location attributing to a history of documented operational inefficiencies. In this case, these sites were undertreating by 29 percent of actual recommended volume.
The units were installed on production chemical tanks with continuous injection application. Alarms were configured to draw attention to over- or under-treatment based on an average set of remote readings and inventory levels. Notification emails were sent daily to track data. The DataIQ data management platform displayed updated tanks levels and derived actionable insights to the customer at any given time.
Undertreatment reduced by 61 percent across 50 wellsite locations, with further refinement forecasted. This programme also addressed following customer operational needs:
Tank level monitoring using Nalco Champion’s DataIQ TLM programme provided this customer with increased visibility into their chemical operations. This provided an operational enhancement that enabled field personnel to proactively optimise performance and reduce costs while mitigating risks.
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