Matrikon, which specialises in industrial intelligence services, said yesterday that through a joint venture it had won a £9.7million project from a Middle East national oil company.
It said the project was to build a remote oilfield monitoring programme for one of the world’s largest fields, and its proprietary Well Performance Monitor would form the core solution.
A pilot project, in which Matrikon’s European HQ in Aberdeen will take part, will cover 78 wells with installation expected to be completed within 12 months.
Ian Brown, Matrikon’s Aberdeen-based vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “Until now, this oil field has been a highly manual operation.
“In modernising operations, the national oil company is taking a big leap forward and creating a digital field where they will be able to monitor and optimise from their collaboration centre.”
Matrikon said that following successful completion of the pilot, the service may be deployed to several thousand additional wells.
It also said it had been selected to deliver real-time visualisation services to Statoil through its Aberdeen office to monitor all of its wells and production facilities in Norwegian waters.
It said the project had an estimated value of £3.65million and was expected to be completed by December.
Matrikon has been in Aberdeen for six years following the acquisition of PI Automation and in that time has increased its workforce to 56. It said it was now supporting assets in 15 countries from its Aberdeen base. It said its Well Performance Monitor team in Aberdeen employed eight engineers and project/account managers and three full-time developers and was continuing to grow.