Managing Gas Well Operations with hand held computing
Managing Gas Well Operations Jack L. Shaffer, Jr Manager, Network Services
Columbia Natural Resources is theexploration and production unit of theColumbia Energy Group and is one of thelargest producers of natural gas and oil in theAppalachian Basin. Headquartered inCharleston, W.Va., CNR has holdings thatinclude 801 billion cubic feet equivalent ofreserves, 7,225 production wells and more than4,500 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines.
Columbia Energy Group, headquartered in Herndon, VA,is one of the nation’s leading energy companies, withassets of more than $6 billion. Its operating companies areengaged in all phases of the natural gas business plusmarketing, energy management services, propane sales,and electric power generation, sales and trading. Columbiacompanies, directly or indirectly, serve 7 million naturalgas customers -- 12 percent of the nations total -- in 15states and the District of Columbia.
Business Operations• Wells – Landowners – Leases – Royalties• Revenues – Measure Production – Calculate Sales
Business Operations• Well Care – Well Tender• Information Flow – Well Tender • Operations Book • Well Operations Form – Supply Management
Business Objectives• Lower operations cost• Elimination of duplicative work & reduce paperwork• Capture information more quickly and accurately• Simplify the process
Why Mobile Computing?• Single entry of information• Entry of information at the source• CNR Embraces technology• Allows the “opening” of information
Re-engineering the process• Well Tending Before • Well Tending After – Well tender writes gauge – Well tender keys the information in book. gauge information into a – Well tender copies hand held computer. information from book to – Information is validated form. by the hand held – Supply management computer. keypunches the gauge – Gauge information is information into our automatically loaded into produced gas system. the produced gas system. Verifies information.
Information Technology Objectives• Durability• Flexibility• Standard/Non-proprietary architecture – Not an esoteric component – Must be maintainable with existing knowledge base• No or Minimal increase in staffing