new twist on existing technology at jack/st. malo

November 3, 2015 – When it comes to achieving milestones on our major capital projects (MCPs), evolving existing technologies is often as significant as developing new ones. Just take our Jack/St. Malo project in the U.S Gulf of Mexico: new technologies led to first oil in 2014 from reservoirs once thought unreachable, but an existing technology – Real-Time Reservoir Management (RTRM) – played an important role too.

RTRM tools have been in existence for years. First piloted in the Petronius Field during the second quarter of 2008, RTRM also was deployed in the Blind Faith Field at first oil in the fourth quarter of 2008. In the second quarter of 2009, RTRM was critical in accelerating the ramp-up of the Tahiti Field, one of the largest in the Gulf of Mexico. The Jack/St. Malo RTRM team – consisting of Gulf of Mexico (GOM) IT and Automation, Deepwater Exploration & Projects IT, Upstream Workflow Transformation (UWT) Central and Energy Technology Co. – further developed RTRM to provide the optimum performance needed for Chevron's signature project.

Jack / St. Malo

At Jack/St. Malo in the U.S Gulf of Mexico: new technologies led to reservoirs once thought unreachable, but existing Real-Time Reservoir Management technology played an important role too.

What Is RTRM?

Each of Chevron's assets has unique characteristics that can be measured by capturing data and understood through rigorous analysis and integration across the asset. RTRM provides a common platform for accessing and integrating real-time field and well-performance data with predictive modeling results. The system improves the efficiency of reservoir surveillance and management by streamlining the processes and workflows required to find and manipulate data and conduct analysis, leaving more time to review results and make sound decisions.

Simply put, RTRM allows teams to manage and monitor expected production versus real-time performance of a reservoir – all to help facilitate accurate and timely decision-making and uninterrupted production.

To enhance the tool specifically for Jack/St. Malo, the team collaborated with colleagues around the world, using information shared from UWT, Southern Africa Strategic business unit and the Australasia business unit. The end result was an RTRM tool that aligned all project teams, optimizing surveillance and production for Jack/St. Malo.

Looking Back at Jack/St. Malo

Jack/St. Malo RTRM solution was:

  • Tailored to the needs of Jack/St. Malo. The RTRM team gathered information from across workflows and business units to improve the existing RTRM tool – most recently deployed with the Tahiti project – to meet Jack/St. Malo's specific needs and production capabilities.
  • Familiar to team members. The RTRM team anticipated heavy usage of the tool before deployment. To prepare, project team members were fully trained on the system and its capabilities beginning in 2013. This training allowed for tool usage to double during deployment.
  • Accessible from anywhere, anytime. The tool enabled the multi-location Jack/St. Malo team to access the data simultaneously from offshore and office locations. This remote access also allowed off-site project leadership to use the tool.

"The Jack/St. Malo RTRM solution contributed to the project achieving first oil efficiently and effectively, and stands as an example of the importance of innovation, collaboration and alignment," said Paul Coleman, GOM Deepwater Asset Development manager. "Lessons learned will be applied to RTRM solution development for future MCPs across the enterprise."

Published: November 2015