Oil industry forecasts increase in robots
Dubai, October 29, 2013
More robots will be deployed across the oil and gas production industry in the next 15 years, said industry professionals.
About 95 per cent of participants at the SPE Intelligent Energy International 2013 exhibition in Dubai said more robots would be deployed, while 5 per cent disagreed.
The poll was conducted by BP at the exhibition, underway in Dubai, which brings together more than 2,000 business leaders and senior engineering professionals from across the world.
Under the theme ‘Empowered by real time integrated data,’ BP is drawing on its experiences from its Field of the Future programme to review the progress of oilfield digitalisation to date and encourage debate on how the industry will develop going forward.
The Field of the Future concept was established by BP to improve decision-making through real time data-to-decision capabilities in production, operations and reservoir management. It has developed expertise in a range of disciplines including advanced remote surveillance, the handling and analysis of real time data, remote well operations and downhole and subsea sensors, over the past 10 years since it was established.
Steve Roberts, vice president of the Field of the Future technology flagship, said: “The question of the extent of robotics deployment is extremely interesting and the delegates here are telling us that they expect to see more in use in the years ahead as a progression of the digital oilfield concept.”
Other polls being conducted at the event by BP are whether implementing real time ‘Big Data’ analytics will be the next challenge for digital oilfield implementation and if the digital generation will enable emerging technologies to optimise production and enhance safety management. - TradeArabia News Service