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Faster Problem Solving with the PI System
"The PI System provides visibility at the management level and transparency around problems."
- Dr. Yuelong Su, Senior Engineer, China National Bluestar
As the diverse and fast-growing upstream arm of Malaysia's state-owned oil and gas company, PETRONAS CARIGALI had an urgent need to integrate information and gain visibility from its 190 offshore platforms yielding 2 million+ barrels a day. Thanks to an ongoing process of PI Server installation at its mother platforms, PETRONAS is now collecting and integrating data from multiple sources and systems, creating a common, easily accessible, database to monitor real-time conditions using visualization and notification tools.
Data was siloed across multiple systems on the offshore platforms and operators lacked real-time visibility for performance. To analyze data, engineers had to fly to the platforms and download the information to USBs for later analysis at regional offices. Slow troubleshooting, analysis and reporting reduced productivity and cost the company significant money.
Local PI Servers were installed on PETRONAS' offshore platforms, giving operators real-time visibility into platform operations. Real-time data from the platforms can now be sent to regional and central PI Servers (via fiber optic or VSAT networks) for use by onshore personnel.
Accessing data to troubleshoot problems now takes minutes, not weeks. Platform operators and on-shore engineers can collaborate to troubleshoot problems using the same, real-time data. Monitoring operations in real-time with the PI System prevented five unplanned shutdowns at one offshore platform in 2013.