Conceptual engineering of infrastructure is an essential component of conceptual field engineering. It includes development of technological solutions for field facilities construction and subsequent feasibility study based on the selected development concept. This process takes into account the influence of processes occurring in the reservoir, wells and surface infrastructure.
Conceptual designs are drafted at STC by multidisciplinary teams that include experts in geology and reservoir management, drilling, production technologies, facilities construction, and cost/economic analysis. These teams look for interfacing key solutions (define production profile, number of wells and pads, infrastructure performance, etc.). This creates a synergetic effect of teamwork done by experts in different disciplines, and unique competencies of team members help see the project in a big picture and understand the linkages among its parameters.
STC engages in conceptual engineering and re-engineering at Gazprom Neft's existing assets that have been in operation for many decades. Re-engineering is a search for and introduction of optimal technological solutions to increase efficiency of the existing field infrastructure.
Gazprom Neft's Science and Technology Center and Gazpromneft-Razvitie have jointly masterminded and continue developing the proprietary information system ERA:ISKRA – a tool for singling out optimal integrated solutions in field development and infrastructure construction. ERA:ISKRA is an integrated system for conceptual development of assets that serves as the conceptual design and engineering component of the future “smart field” concept. It belongs to the family of ERA electronic software products.