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BP deploys new analytics solution across all Gulf of Mexico assets

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BP has deployed Plant Operations Advisor (POA), an advanced cloud-based analytics solution developed with Baker Hughes, a GE company, on all four of its production platforms operated in deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

The announcement comes after an initial deployment of the POA proved the technology could help prevent unplanned outages on BP's Atlantis platform in the Gulf, BP said in a statement on Tuesday. The technology has already been installed and tested on BP's Thunder Horse, Na Kika and Mad Dog platforms - and will continue to be deployed on more than 30 of BP's upstream assets worldwide, the company added.

“BP has been one of the pioneers of digital technology in our industry, and the Factory Operations Advisor co-development with BHGE is key to modernizing and transforming our upstream operations,” said Ahmed Hashmi, global head of upstream technology from BP.

"We hope that the deployment of this technology will not only deliver improvements in the safety, reliability and performance of our assets, but will also help raise the bar for the entire oil and gas industry."

Built on GE's Predix platform, POA applies analytics to real-time production system data and provides system-level insights to engineers so operational issues in processes and equipment can be addressed before they become significant. The POA helps engineers manage the performance of BP's offshore assets, while still ensuring the assets operate within safe operating limits to reduce unplanned downtime, BP explained.

Expansion across all BP assets

Now, across the Gulf of Mexico, POA works on more than 1.200 mission-critical pieces of equipment, analyzing more than 155 million data points a day and providing insights into performance and maintenance. There are plans to continue to increase the analytical capabilities in the system as the POA is expanded to BP's upstream assets around the world.

BP and BHGE announced a partnership in 2016 to develop POA, an industry-wide solution to improve plant reliability. The teams created a suite of Cloud-based Industrial “Internet of Things” (IoT) solutions that were tailored to BP's oil and gas operations.

“The partnership between BP and BHGE has resulted in a unique set of capabilities that quickly find valuable insights in operational data streams,” said Matthias Heilmann, President and CEO of Digital Solutions and Chief Digital Officer of Baker Hughes, a GE company.

“Together, we are creating cutting-edge technologies to automate processes and increase the security and reliability of BP's upstream assets. As we scale the solution globally, this will become the largest industrial IoT deployment in the world when complete. ”

BP is currently in the process of deploying the POA to its Angola operations, with additional deployments in Oman and the North Sea scheduled for 2019.

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