BP deploys cloud-based technology for asset management

BP has partnered with GE to develop a cloud analytics solution for upstream assets worldwide


Oil and gas giant BP, in collaboration with Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has deployed its cloud-based advanced analytics platform, Plant Operations Advisor (POA), designed to streamline asset management.

The development of POA follows the announcement of their partnership in 2016 which according to GE was to improve efficiency, reliability and safety of BPS operations.

Ahmed Hashmi, BP's global head of upstream technology, said, "BP has been one of the pioneers in digital technology in our industry, and co-development of Plant Operations Advisor with BHGE is a key plank of modernizing and transforming our upstream operations.

"We expect the deployment of this technology not only to deliver improvements in safety, reliability and performance of our assets, but also to help raise the bar for the entire oil and gas industry."

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The platform is built on GE's Predix Platform, a cloud-based PaaS that offers industrial-scale analytics for asset performance management. Additionally, the technology combines big data, analytics and an application performance management (APM) tool.

According to BP, "POA applies analytics to real-time data from the production system and provides system-level insights to engineers so operational issues on processes and equipment can be addressed before they become significant."

Currently, the system is live across Gulf of Mexico operations and analyzes 155 million data points per day to delivery insights on performance and maintenance, according to BP. Additionally, POA will be integrated its Angola operations and aims to deploy the system to its 2019 Oman and North Sea operations.

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