Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Hint drops analyser management on oil and gas industry

Steve Rogerson
May 17, 2016
Dutch plant IT and engineering company Hint has introduced the AML to provide oil and gas production locations the infrastructure to manage and maintain online analysers, flow meters and transmitters in the field and in laboratories.
One of the areas where technological gains can be made is analyser management in the workplace and in laboratories. Online analysers provide measurement data and information on process applications, provided the analyser systems are reliable and accurate. This is often not the case because they regularly fail due to their complexity and sensitivity.
In reality, production volumes and compositions seem to deviate considerably from the measured quality and numbers. This can result in a difference of millions of dollars. Losses are always to the detriment of the supplier or buyer. Analyser management therefore contributes significantly to cost savings, also because servicing the equipment can be planned better.
Online analysers measure and analyse product flows at plants, drilling platforms or drilling wells. This yields data about produced quantities and quality, which is used to determine revenues of measurement stations, wells, concessions and reservoirs (allocation). Analysers are also required for measuring emissions and monitoring process safety. Both of these are required by law.
With AML – which stands for analyser management, metering and loading – operators and managers can monitor the performance of analysers, and perform maintenance. The software package provides a way to understand processes. As the performance of the analyser and flow equipment improves, the equipment becomes more reliable for the operation and it functions to specification. Maintenance costs are reduced and the entire plant is running more efficiently.
Validation and data integration can bring quality improvements in the overall performance of systems.
"Companies in energy production want to do more with fewer people and deliver higher quality at lower costs,” said Wout Last, president of Hint. “Loss of product must be kept to a minimum. Until recently, there was little investment in digital technology to optimise the operation, but I see that changing now. With AML, Hint hopes to show end clients which savings are already possible in the short term, by focusing on analyser management with the help of smart tools."
Hint operates worldwide with offices in Europe, the Middle East and the USA.