This sophisticated information and communication technology solution is reducing Santos’ operational expenditure, including travel costs and time, increasing access to technical expertise and improving efficiency.
The Santos-led GLNG project is a pioneering venture that produces natural gas from Queensland’s coal seams and converts it into liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export to world markets. The development involves upstream gas fields in the Surat and Bowen basins, a 420-kilometre gas transmission pipeline to Gladstone, and a 2-train LNG facility on Curtis Island. The upstream facilities include three new gas compression hubs in the Fairview and Roma regions.
ICT infrastructure is key to facilitating the remote control of assets, a significant contributor to achieving a low-cost operation. Santos is able to monitor and control the GLNG assets 24/7 via the world-class Brisbane Operations Centre (BOC) in Santos Place in the Brisbane CBD.
Spanning from mid-2014 through to the end of 2015, the Operational Technology (OT) Transformation Program has delivered significant benefits which have improved the overall total cost of ownership of Santos’ upstream assets. These include an improved control system and operational technology infrastructure, reduced operational expenditure, and productivity improvements.
The improvements in the remote engineering capability in particular, have contributed to reduced production losses, increased access to technical expertise and reduced travel for engineering personnel. The project improvements included the engineering of control systems, information systems and network systems:
The project has won the following awards: