Most small to mid-size oil and gas size operators are at what is seemingly a never-ending crossroads. They want efficient and practical remote oilfield monitoring capabilities.
However, the complexity – not to mention the massive expenses – that large oil and gas companies was not an ideal solution to their needs.
If small to mid-size oilfield operators even attempt to get the remote oilfield monitoring services the big players in the industry use, the former would experience continued monitoring services due to the lack of funds, time, and other resources.
But alas, the operations and work can’t stop – no matter what size of activities you may have.
Stepping Into the Unknown
For small to mid-size operators, pursuing the latest remote oilfield monitoring features equates to diving into unknown territory.
Would a remote oilfield monitoring system rated at a smaller cost than the industry norm be effective? Is it worth the investment? Or would it be more trouble than it’s worth?
These are just some of the concerns small to mid-size oilfield operators face when it comes to remote oilfield monitoring.
Available Remote Oilfield Monitoring Solutions
However, there are success stories out there for small to mid-size operators overcoming challenges in remote monitoring.
There are possible solutions that are cost-effective, easier to implement, and absolutely worthwhile.
Thanks to these solutions, small to mid-size operators can be on a better path, have reduced costs, minimized negative environmental influences, and overall improved functionalities across the board.
One of the practical solutions small to mid-size operators should look into is partnering with a remote monitoring equipment supplier.
Monitoring equipment providers can distinguish assets that need monitoring in different areas, especially the environmentally sensitive ones. For instance, a monitoring equipment provider can help small to mid-size operators by installing wireless sensors on tanks. These wireless sensors monitor the fill rate every hour.
Additionally, these wireless sensors can notify the equipment provider, who will then alert you if there’s any discrepancy or dawdling in the rate of the fill. If there was, the monitoring equipment supplier could send a pumper. Pumpers can help in the investigation of any fill rate issues.
Otherwise, without any remote oilfield monitoring capabilities, small to mid-size operators could be looking at incidents that need remediating before developing into a bigger problem.
With this example of partnership with monitoring equipment providers, small to mid-size operators can prevent costly incidents that undoubtedly affect production, efficiency, time, and, most importantly, return on investment.
Equipment monitoring providers can also save mid-size operators in installation and scheduled annual maintenance. Small and medium-sized producers can take advantage of inexpensive (yet effective) equipment.
They will only have to pay for monthly communication and maintenance fees, which are significantly more affordable than the alternative.
The Big Picture
When you look at the big picture, monitoring systems are, without a doubt, a worthwhile investment for small to mid-size oil and gas operators.
They could continuously be proactive in managing their assets and operations while significantly minimizing risks.
With remote oilfield monitoring solutions, what started as wireless sensors installed on tanks to notify operators on any issues has now evolved into seamless, real-time monitoring operators can quickly check from their mobile device wherever they are.
The Importance of Proper Asset Management
In the industry, oil price increases are standard. When this happens, it’s very tempting for small and mid-size operators to continue pushing for their production to double.
However, given the age and the normal wear-and-tear that most equipment and machines go through, oil and gas operators must ensure they have sufficient funds available to keep their equipment in good working conditions.
This fact rings especially true for operators that delayed maintenance at the start of 2014. As increased levels of operations and activities take its toll on production equipment, outages, and out-of-order systems will harm the overall operations.
All this is saying that scheduled asset maintenance should be one of the main priorities of oil and gas operators – big or small.
If they are working with a third-party vendor, they must have consistently available funds to prolong the services they need.
Evolving Remote Oilfield Monitoring Technology
As the technology for oilfield operations continues to progress, remote monitoring solutions also continue to advance.
As of late, oil and gas monitoring equipment providers have been developing solutions to alert operators of problems before they even occur, or receiving real-time data, no more guesswork, etc.
We can only hope that these advancements continue to happen.