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The PI System Drives Operational Efficiency for Major Oil & Gas Producer
When Aera Energy’s management gave Marcus Coleman, Belridge’s Information Analyst, the task of applying the PI System to operations, he first focused the technology on one of the thorniest problems: monitoring the critical water flow and pressure at the water injection completion sites. “I once heard an
engineer say, ‘We can put a man on the moon, but we cannot measure water to save our lives,’” Coleman said at the PI World San Francisco 2018. Coleman’s company, Aera Energy, delivers almost 25 percent of California’s oil and gas production from six major fields in the state’s San Joaquin Valley. Spread over a stretch of 22 miles, the company’s Belridge Producing Complex near Bakersfield, California, contains 7,500 wells and 5,000 water injection completions and accounts for 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, which is piped to refineries across the state. Daily production depends on the injection of 300,000 barrels of treated water to maintain sub-terrain pressure, particularly in soft diatomite soil, once oil is extracted.