Visits to the location required permits, transportation, and fuel and
took resources away from other more valuable tasks. In addition, the periodic
data collection meant that production managers were not alerted to problems
until after they had occurred—and in some instances this could be weeks
or months later.
After just a few collections, management realized they needed to be
given early warning of downhole events before they occurred and without the
need for human intervention. They asked for a compact, self-powered system to
permanently collect data from the three production zones and transmit it to the
operator's office in Lagos via a secure network, with regular data updates
throughout the day.
Transmit data securely
The WellWatcher Connect system integrates fit-for-purpose components
that store, aggregate, encrypt, and automatically transmit data across a secure
satellite network to the customer. System components are chosen to suit the
requirements of each well or location. Each end user, with the help of a simple
computer application, can remotely access, view, and download the data from the
intelligent completion without a physical visit to the wellsite.