What Automation for Safety and Compliance Means in the Oil Field

E&P firms face significant regulatory compliance burdens related to producing oil and gas.  Multiple compliance reporting obligations must be fulfilled to meet the requirements of numerous agencies. Without automation for safety and compliance, pumpers and engineers are forced to spend an excessive amount of time collecting data in multiple formats. When each compliance inspection record is stored in different systems it becomes impossible for the reports to be automated for compliance. The necessity to manage multiple systems and search for the right files when needed results in high overhead costs.  This behavior is no longer acceptable in the industry. Automation for safety and compliance is a new standard for field operations.

JOYN FDG Makes Handling Compliance Easier

When agencies such as, BLM, SPCC, GHG require precise recordkeeping at what seems like every step of the production and distribution process. Industry operators who use separate systems, whether digital or physical, to keep compliance-related data, are likely to find that they expend significant staff time and effort to keep up with compliance reporting requirements. Using JOYN, this process can be made much more efficient, as all compliance documents and data can be stored in and accessed from a single centralized repository.  The process to complete and submit the reports significantly reduces leaving pumpers with more time to maintain the well, rather than organizing data.

The Field Must Demand Automation for Safety

Losing time and money utilizing a legacy approach to meeting regulations, doesn’t stop with compliance. Why not take the plunge and reap the benefits of field intelligence combined with automation to enhance productivity? To see the benefits of such an approach, consider the following scenario described in Seven Lakes’ whitepaper on the benefits of using automation in the energy industry.

With seamless integration to SCADA data and the readings obtained by your pumpers, JOYN FDG captures and stores everything including tank/volume height, and well production. If a situation occurs where the tank level rises dangerously high, potentially resulting in an overflow endangering your pumpers, JOYN leaps into action as follows:

  • Pumper receives advance notification when the tank has reached 75% to 80% of capacity
  • Pumper is sent to the tank to verify the alert where they can do the following:
    • Move the oil to another tank
    • Change the well so it delivers to another tank
    • Put in an order for a truck to pick up the oil
    • If no other option is possible, shut the well in to prevent overflow of the tank

Changing Legacy Practices to Improve Productivity

Leading E&P firms realized that retaining antiquated systems or processes handcuffs their ability to cut costs effectively. JOYN FDG can significantly reduce an operator’s safety and compliance pain points from an operational standpoint by centralizing and automating many of the tasks associated with these functions. Given the significant cost savings that can result, modernizing your operations by adopting field intelligence software makes sense both from a functional and financial perspective.