The field of Process Control in upstream Oil and Gas is one where issues and benefits are frequently underestimated.
Although the upstream process systems are generally straightforward, the operating requirements for production systems are becoming more restrictive. The following constraints place increasing importance on efficient process control
- Slugging from multiphase subsea tiebacks
- Increasing reliance of mature fields on gas lift
- Tighter legislative requirements for produced water, flaring and energy reduction.
- Alarm rate limitations
- Turndown issues