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GE signs first customers for BOPs monitoring software

Iain Morris
May 13, 2014
 
GE says it has secured the first two orders from oil and gas companies for a new software product designed to support the remote monitoring and maintenance of blowout preventers (BOPs).

Drilling contractors Atwood Oceanics (Houston, TX, USA) and QGOG (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) have become the first customers of the SeaLytics system, which forms an important part of GE’s (Fairfield, CT, USA) industrial internet strategy in the energy sector.

SeaLytics is intended to help customers monitor the performance of their BOPs – which are used to control pressure in oil and gas wells – and proactively plan their maintenance through the use of predictive analytics.

“We are excited about the possibilities of this technology and what it will do to improve reliability and predictability of our GE equipment,” said Barry Smith, the vice president of technical services at Atwood Oceanics. “Atwood looks forward to partnering with GE on advancing operational reliability.”

QGOG said the technology would allow it to work more smartly and efficiently in light of constant growth in Brazil’s offshore sector.

“We see GE’s new software as an important tool to further improve the overall performance of our BOPs,” said Rodrigo Ribeiro, the chief drilling operating officer at QGOG.

According to GE, the cost to a drilling contractor can be significant when a BOP is offline for unplanned service.

By helping to improve BOP system uptime and reduce unnecessary maintenance, SeaLytics should help to reduce expenses and make costing forecasts more accurate.

“Atwood Oceanics and QGOG are important GE Oil & Gas partners,” said Chuck Chauviere, the president of GE Oil & Gas’ drilling systems. “Implementing the new SeaLytics BOP Advisor system will enable these operators and other customers to get the most uptime from their blowout preventer systems and help GE provide an even higher degree of service in the process.”

GE said the SeaLytics product was its first to be developed at its Software Center of Excellence in San Ramon, California, and that it was able to take advantage of software development expertise from across the entire GE organization.
 
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