Creating a digitally advanced operation

A modern industrial operation the size and scale of Rumaila requires the latest information and communications technologies to maximize exploration and production efficiencies and bring full connectivity to all who work here.

Deploying advanced subsurface technology

Digital tools guide all oil recovery activity

Where once Rumaila relied on paper records, cutting-edge technologies now provide comprehensive understanding of Rumaila’s complex reservoirs.

Utilizing exceptional bp proprietary technology, our 1,800 km² seismic survey was at the time one of the largest of its type anywhere in the world. Supported by bp’s Middle East support team in Sunbury, UK, this data provided 3D imagery of the field’s subsurface for the first time – enabling some 9,000 cubic kilometres to be mapped.

Reservoir simulation models are now used to simulate different geological scenarios and provide insight into the best way to recover oil. This is gained by integrating data from multiple sources to better understand the composition and deposition of our reservoirs.

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Building a digital oilfield

Thousands of real-time sensors monitor the performance of wells and facilities

Wireless Remote Telemetry Units (RTUs) installed at 500 wellheads, 14 degassing stations, five cluster pump stations, as well as multiple manifolds and pipelines are now able to provide valuable pressure and temperature information to relevant people at Rumaila HQ.

Industry-leading tools include:

  • SCADA/PI data management
  • IVM/Process Book visualization
  • IFM workflow management
  • IPM production modelling tool.
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Connecting a vast field

Laying 2,000 km of fibre optic cabling

Purpose-built communication towers host the latest in wireless ‘node’ technology and a high-speed ‘microwave’ network now connects all degassing stations, pumping stations, drilling rigs and well sites.

This improves communication of plans, procedures and decision-making for the operation, as well as security and emergency services.

In June 2021, work began to prepare the ground for the laying of more than 2,000 km of fibre optic cabling. This will provide:

  • greater bandwidth, meaning that larger amounts of information can be transmitted
  • a much more stable and secure connection
  • greater safeguarding against the threat of cyber-attacks
  • a way to unlock potential and rich functionality for all facilities that rely on a strong and secure network connection.
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