CALGARY, CANADA – In the first results released from an on-site trial of remote oil well monitoring and optimization technology from Calgary technology firm, ambyint, CNRL Sturgeon Field, a production area within leading Canadian oil producer CNRL (Canadian Natural Resources Limited) was able to reduce inspection visits to its wells by over 85%.
Before installing ambyint’s technology, CNRL Sturgeon crews carried out daily well site visits. Across 12 well sites, 372 monthly visits were conducted, each taking a minimum of 15 minutes, which equated to 93 hours/month.
After installing ambyint’s ambyControl devices on the 12 test wells, CNRL Sturgeon began remotely monitoring operational data from each well, wirelessly transmitted from the site in real-time accessible through their personalized dashboard via the ambyint mobile and web app.
“Once we installed the ambyint devices and started remote monitoring, we were almost immediately able to reduce our site visits to only four per well, per month. Those four were undertaken to maintain regulatory commitment to check our chemical rates once per week,” said CNRL Sturgeon Production Foreman, Soukseum Rathamone. “We reduced 81 hours per month of having our crews in trucks driving to remote sites. For us, this is very significant in terms of cost reductions and also has major positive implications for our crew’s safety.”
Due to the success of the initial installation, CNRL Sturgeon is expanding the use of ambyint technology within its Canadian operations.
“CNRL is a particularly forward-looking firm and it’s been a great experience working with its Sturgeon Field team to prove-out the significant benefits of this technology in the field,” said Nav Dhunay, ambyint President & CEO. “Ultimately, we are working towards creating intelligent, self-driving wells, able to effectively run autonomously, monitoring their operations, optimizing their performance and pre-emptively alerting well managers before an impending fault occurs.”
The proprietary ambyint technology uses pump-mounted, wireless sensors and machine intelligence to monitor and optimize oil well performance. Operational data is transmitted in real-time to well managers via their mobile device and alerts sent in the event of any onsite abnormalities being detected.