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AIQ, Halliburton and ADNOC launch autonomous well control solution

The project enables autonomous wells. (Image source: Adobe Stock)


AIQ and Halliburton have joined with ADNOC to successfully launch an AI-enabled autonomous well control solution, RoboWell, across the NOC's North East Bab (NEB) asset in Abu Dhabi, UAE

The project, which is the first ever AI-supported Advanced Process Control (APC) solution for gas lifted wells, enables autonomous wells that can self-adjust to maximise production within specified operating conditions.The RoboWell system utilises real time data to continuously react to changing oil field dynamics, to optimise production processes, as well as ensure operation within safety parameters to minimise well instability and reduce the risk of stoppages or other incidents. 

RoboWell was implemented in ADNOC’s Onshore NEB asset, including both natural flow and gas lifted wells. Halliburton and AIQ worked closely with ADNOC to develop sophisticated models and generate the cloud-based AI algorithms that govern the autonomous process controls. AIQ managed the integration of the AI models with the real-time data pipeline from the APC solution to enable dynamic response to changes in the operating environment.

AIQ also developed an interactive visualisation dashboard for operators and production engineers, including real-time guidance, which will support learning and knowledge transfer on gas lift well operations.

The RoboWell solution will automate specific tasks, enabling a faster response that will help ADNOC maintain well flow rates within desired operating envelopes through real time optimisation of gas injection rates. 

The initial results of the scale up project led to a 30% reduction in gas lift consumption, spearheading efficiency and a 50% reduction in well movements. The advanced RoboWell solution is now set to be deployed across hundreds of ADNOC’s production wells in the next stage.

“The UAE has been at the forefront of adopting and developing cutting-edge technologies that can be real drivers of impact and sustainability. We are extremely proud to have worked alongside Halliburton to provide advanced AI solutions to automate complex operating procedures in a dynamic environment. The development of this solution will support ADNOC in optimising its operations and setting new precedents across the industry,” said Omar Al Marzooqi, CEO of AIQ.

“As the industry focuses on applying AI/ML to improve production and reservoir outcomes at scale, we have innovated by leveraging the skills of AIQ, and ADNOC’s ambitions, for new operating models.” said Nagaraj Srinivasan, senior vice president, Landmark, Halliburton Digital Solutions, and Consulting. “Linking production operations in the field to reservoir management in the cloud with AIQ helps accelerate ADNOC’s digital journey and lower their total cost of ownership.”