Combined software solution
An integrated solution was designed, combining the Avocet
platform—where production information could easily be manipulated,
visualized, and stored—with the OLGA simulator to create a new pipeline
Hydraulic and product quality conditions were generated by the combined
system, enabling real-time operational monitoring. Based on this, predictive
simulations were run, forecasting future operating conditions such as
shutdowns, restarts, packing, and unpacking. PEMEX could now predict fluids not
meeting export specifications using the oil quality tracking
function—monitoring water content, salinity, and oil API gravity
throughout the production system.
Predictive simulations also informed production scenario planning,
detailed analysis of specific behaviors, preparation of operating procedures,
and operator training.
By combining the Avocet platform and the OLGA simulator, PEMEX received
accurate information on oil arrival rates and changes in water and oil pipeline
inventories. It could also predict slug volumes, location, and arrival
times—as well as product quality indicators such as density and water
cut—up to 24 hours in advance. This enabled the company to monitor the
impact on operations in real-time and optimally plan operations. As a result,
PEMEX was able to export crude oil that consistently met specifications and
reduce contract penalties for non-compliant oil deliveries by 90%.