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Developing production data reporting by EPIM

Friday, July 24, 2015

Norway's E&P Information Management Association (EPIM) is continuing to develop its systems to standardise production data reporting, between Norway oil and gas companies and the government.

Norway's E&P Information Management Association (EPIM) is continuing to develop its systems to standardise production data reporting, between Norway oil and gas companies and the government.

Norway's E&P Information Management Association (EPIM) is continuing to develop its systems to standardise production data reporting among Norway oil and gas companies and the government.

'We are focussed on the vertical integration of data and processes from well to finance, and information exchange between the different companies involved in the value chain,' said Olav Revheim, Project Manager with EPIM, speaking at the Digital Energy Journal Stavanger forum on May 6, 'Production Data Reporting and Analytics.'

The purpose is to make it easier to do regulatory reporting (to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate) and between the operators of production facilities, separation facilities, tie-in facilities and partners.

The work can be done using standardised interfaces, with a standardised schema for structure of the data.

'There has been work going on for 10 years to try to standardise an XML schema for sharing data related to production,' he said.

'This scheme is owned and facilitated by EPIM with a reference group.'

EPIM is a non-profit organisation formed and financed by Norwegian operating companies, with a mission to enable data sharing between companies.

Vega field

As an example of how it works, consider, the Vega field, a subsea development operated by Wintershall, producing gas condensate and oil.

The unprocessed flow goes to the Gjøa facility, where the flow is mixed with Gjøa's own production.

From there oil comes ashore in Mongstad, near Bergen, and gas goes to St Fergus, near Aberdeen.

'For Wintershall there is a need to follow the value from wells to the bank,' he said.

'They require some information from Gjøa relating to the field production volumes, as well as data from Mongstad and St Fergus.'

NPD receives reports both from Vega (at a well level) and Gjøa (on a field level).

The partners in each well can also receive reports. 'All of them would like to know at some stage the return on their investments and follow that from well to the bank,' he said.

As an indication of the complexity, this set-up, with a few wells tied into existing platforms, involves nine companies plus the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, he said.

Systems

The NPD is requesting that production reports are supplied in a new XML format, MPRML, by January 1 2016, he said.

The operators can send an automated XML report to ReportingHubhosted by EPIM, with data automatically submitted on to partners as required.

EPIM has developed a 'well defined firewall' which is accepted by all oil companies, he said. 'So all the information exchange between the various companies is already established.'

'All of these assets and links in the chain have different operators, with different IT systems with firewalls all over the place.'



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