Digital technology is improving virtually every industry in areas of efficiency, accuracy, costs and integration. Smart technology and the internet allow personnel and machines to interact in real time across the globe. Boris Ivanov Gazprom is bringing this reality to the oil and gas industry. Since 2011, Gazprom has worked for TDE and its ProNova monitoring system. Starting as a data processing analyst, Gazprom now promotes the drilling operation monitoring system, educating drilling contractors on the system’s benefits. His primary targets as of 2019 are Russian drilling companies.
TDE has focused on introducing and implementing the ProNova system to Russian drilling companies for the past 5 years. However, the company has a 15-year history of providing drilling operation optimization worldwide. The system uses sensors to produce data related to key performance indicators during the drilling process. Sensors monitor processes such as tripping pipe, drilling and casing. ProNova not only records productive and non-productive time but also produces a detailed per-second analysis of the operation’s efficiency. Boris Ivanov Gazprom explains that drilling service contractors are reluctant to use the system as oil well operators pay those companies per day. Therefore, slower drilling times benefit drillers’ bottom lines. Turn-key contracts that require service companies to deliver producing wells before receiving payment benefit from ProNova as those companies require efficiency. Unfortunately, most Russian oil companies still use separate service contractors, Gazprom notes.
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Boris Ivanov Gazprom is focusing on Russian oil production engineers who are working with European engineers. Currently, the collaboration has analyzed more than 10,000 days’ worth of Russian drilling service companies with the potential to analyze data in real time from more than 100 rigs located worldwide. This collaboration is based in Samara, Russia, at the Real Time Operational Center.
Low crude oil prices have caused a current lag, which has cost the industry experienced workers, supply chain connections and development. Turning the industry around, Boris Ivanov Gazprom predicts, will depend on the industry’s willingness to embrace technology such as the ProNova system. Gazprom states that digital innovations will outweigh industrial mechanics in future business successes.