MEG Energy first implemented a PI Server in 2009 shortly after reaching production capacity on our pilot plant which produced 3,000 bbls per day. Instantly our operations department saw the value in using the PI System and decided to promote the use of the PI System through the growth of our operations. MEG is now averaging more than 70,000 bbls per day and is well on track to produce approximately 80,000 bbls per day in 2015. Our PI System implementation continues to grow with the oil production. In addition many other departments followed operations in using the PI System data for intelligent decision making and reporting. Production engineering relies heavily on archived PI System data to monitor the steam injection, pump operations, as well as production at the well level. Our regulatory department relies on PI System data not only to comply with some of the most stringent environmental regulations in the world but to go beyond compliance. Marketing department relies on the PI System to make smart decisions about marketing our oil or storing it at our storage facility. Throughout the growth of our operations we have increased the number of interfaces and third party integrations that center on the PI Server. MEG Energy owes much of its intelligent decision making to the reliability and availability of the PI System data. The benefits of using the PI Server as the “single-truth” where the PI Archives are never altered and provide the same source of process data for all the different reports and tools that rely on the data will be discussed.
IIlir Shkurti has twelve years of Experience in industrial system analysis, process control and automation, as well as software training working primarily in the Oil & Gas sector. Currently, Ilir holds the position of Operations Systems Analyst with MEG Energy in Calgary, Alberta. At this position he is responsible for administering the PI System and the Field Data Capture systems. Ilir works closely with the business users to maintain a stable environment and accommodate for all the data and reporting requests directly related to these systems. He has been at this position for nearly five years.
Previously, Ilir worked for Telvent Canada (a SCADA company) in various roles. As a Software Trainer, Ilir traveled extensively in North America and internationally teaching the various aspects of administering, operating, as well as developing the OASYS SCADA system. In the proposal specialist role Ilir worked closely with various engineering and sales teams to provide the best possible solutions to the clients' RFPs. Prior to Telvent Ilir has worked for a variety of companies in Montreal and New York City in technical positions. Ilir holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Western Kentucky University. Ilir is fluent in English, French, Italian, and Albanian languages."