The utilisation of unmanned and frequently unmanned facilities is becoming increasingly common. In the upstream oil and gas industry, many operators are investigating facility designs for normally unmanned offshore platforms. In the midstream sector, operators of compressor stations and gas storage facilities minimise operating costs by only manning these facilities during the day. In other instances, field gas compressors in the upstream sector or compressor stations in gas transport networks can be in remote locations that do not suit regular visits by personnel.
With the rise in the number of remote or unmanned facilities containing gas compression systems, the need for remote monitoring of machinery condition and performance is vital. Simulytica Performance Analytics allows instant access to facility data from anywhere on any device. Parameters may be monitored in real time or batch (for historical field data). In the event that unexpected field data is identified, or in the event of a plant or machinery trip, the operator will be able to determine whether the situation indicated by the field data is genuine or due to, for example, field instrumentation issues. This allows operators to make informed decisions and save time by minimising the number of unnecessary visits to remote or normally unmanned facilities.