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WellAware, GCI to provide remote monitoring to Alaskan oil companies

Iain Morris
November 18, 2014

WellAware and GCI have unveiled plans to work on improving oilfield communications and remote monitoring for oil and gas operators across the state of Alaska.

The partners say their tie-up will allow oil and gas companies to reduce downtime and operational costs besides making improvements to safety and environmental compliance.

WellAware (San Antonio, TX, USA) claims to have developed the oil and gas industry’s only “full stack solution” for oilfield monitoring and optimization, while GCI (Anchorage, AK, USA) is recognized as the leading provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska.

The partnership will see WellAware make its advanced analytics services available to the region’s oil and gas field operators using infrastructure supplied by GCI.

“GCI has the Alaska terrain mapped better than any other data communications provider in the world, and its reputation for quality is unmatched,” said Matt Harrison, the co-founder and chief executive of WellAware. “This GCI and WellAware partnership will give oil operators access to superior monitoring technology with the support of local [GCI] experts.”

“GCI oil and gas customers will now have the ability to utilize WellAware’s proven M2M technology platform throughout Alaska,” he added.

GCI has been operating in Alaska for more than 35 years, it says, and claims to have “intimate knowledge of operating challenges and communications obstacles in arctic and offshore environments”.

It has also invested more than $2 billion in Alaskan infrastructure over the last ten years.

“WellAware products bring more value to our customers throughout the oil industry,” said Russ Doig, the vice president of GCI Industrial Telecom, the GCI division that will be responsible for managing the partnership.

“We recognize the growing M2M needs of the digital oil fields and together with WellAware, we can address our customers data gathering and monitoring needs at a higher reliability and reduced costs over traditional methods,” he added.

Speaking about its service, WellAware said its software team had created a user-centered mobile and web software platform for managing production and pipeline systems.

The technology, it said, would optimize assets for oil and gas operators, increasing production, safety and operational efficiencies.
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