AUSTIN –Veros Systems says that its proprietary technology is now helping Shell Offshore Inc. deliver competitive production and asset run time performance at the Shell-operated Perdido production hub in the Gulf of Mexico.
Veros says that its sensors were successfully installed on Perdido’s five electrical submersible pumps (ESPs), which are located on the seafloor nearly 8,000 ft (2,450 m) below the water’s surface. Because of Perdido’s extreme water depth, ESPs were deployed to help artificially lift oil and gas from the reservoirs to the production hub for processing and transport back to shore. The sensors gather real time data from the ESPs, which improves Shell's ability to monitor and take steps to keep the subsea equipment working safely and efficiently.
“One of the challenges Shell faces is that there are thousands of feet of water separating our floating production hubs and engineers from our subsea equipment,” said Rick Tallant, Shell VP Production, Gulf of Mexico. “Veros is helping us remove that barrier. The data we are now getting from the sensors gives us a clearer picture of how our subsea equipment is operating and, more importantly, the opportunity to keep that equipment running safely and efficiently through proactive maintenance.”
Shell says that it is currently exploring opportunities to standardize and replicate Veros’ sensing technology across its Gulf of Mexico operations. The operator says that investing in and deploying advanced digital technology is a key driver for how it will continue to safely and competitively find, develop and produce deepwater energy resources.