Building a digital energy company
To reimagine energy, we also need to reimagine digital technology because it underpins everything we do. It’s a key enabler of our new strategy, which is why we have centralized and integrated digital as part of our wider innovation and engineering ecosystem.
Dynamic Digital Twin
Advanced digital tools are already in use across our US businesses and operations. For example, our Dynamic Digital Twin (DDT) software has been instrumental in the development of our Argos platform. Argos is a floating production unit in the Gulf of Mexico that’s scheduled to come online in 2022. It’s the centerpiece of our $9 billion Mad Dog 2 project.
DDT creates a skeleton copy of the platform, helping us virtually plan for startup by bringing together everything from engineering drawings to real-time sensor readings in one place.
DDT’s patent-pending algorithm pulls together a host of sources, linking complex data from Argos systems to lifelike 3D models and putting that information at users’ fingertips. It allows our teams to visualize everything happening below the subsurface, up through the production systems, into the platform and out the export line, helping them make better decisions, optimize production and identify potential issues. Subsea engineers can now get an up-close look at underwater sensor readings and inspection footage, as well as build simulations to test procedures, which improves safety and increases efficiency.
Sustained investment in innovative solutions in seismic technology continues to deliver value to bp. In bp’s Gulf of Mexico business, we are using 4D seismic imaging ocean-bottom node surveys to support production decisions. The business also uses digital rocks technology, which can simulate 3D digital models of reservoir rock and helps us make faster, better-informed decisions about where to safely explore and drill.
Source: Platts Daily April 2021
Source: Megawatt Daily, 2021 Wholesale Power Sales Statistics (June 16, 2021)
IEA report – The Role of gas in today’s energy transitions