KOC links 50pct oil wells to integrated digital project – official

Kuwait Oil Co (KOC) has linked about 1,000 oil wells to its Kuwait Integrated Digital Field (KwIDF) pilot project, an official said on Monday.

This currently represents around 50 percent of the state’s oil wells, acting head of research and technology Eng. Hamad Al-Rashidi said, and the company is keen to raise this to 80 percent over the next year.

According to the state-owned company, KwIDF is a “novel and innovative KOC concept, developed in-house by Research & Technology Group of KOC. The workflows are smart and automated, designed after studying the actual field requirements and the process is designed on the specific field needs.” Through the project, which was launched in 2009, KOC aims to “achieve integrated operations for the measurement, model and control of oil field assets … through the availability of real time accurate data.” The country’s largest Burgan field will face some delays in its digitization, due to its large number of wells, Al-Rashidi added, but the company aims to digitize all of the country’s oil wells within two years.

So far, he said the project has proven its efficiency, improving the productivity of wells, and quickly identifying problems and resolving them.

It has also saved time, effort and funds, and increases the shelf lifespan of petroleum reservoirs, increases oil production and also limits oil accidents. ” Al-Rashidi went on to refute claims that the project would limit job opportunities, saying it would instead increase these opportunities for future generations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency