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Stena Drilling Advances Digital Transformation on Guyana Rigs with Independent Data Services

January 15th, 2021 – Georgetown, Guyana – Stena investing in their digital transformation by rolling out fleet-wide reporting and analytics technologies.

Guyana has entered the global energy industry at a time when data volumes, diversity and digital technologies are creating new possibilities in operational efficiency, and reservoir production and recovery. While much of the attention to this critical trend has been on exploration and development, for example ExxonMobil seismic technology, well construction offers parallel opportunities. In an excellent example of this trend, Stena Drilling recently awarded a major contract to Independent Data Services (IDS) for their TourNet Pro technologies.

Douwe Franssens, IDS General Manager comments: “In today’s operating climate, there has never been more data available. But turning that data into insight and using it to improve operations can be difficult. Now more than ever, operators and drilling contractors need to ensure safe, optimal performance. We’re proud to partner with Stena Drilling on this world-first – they saw the benefit of how TourNet Pro and Anova DPM could streamline data management to improve drilling campaign performance”.

Following a successful 6-month trial on the Stena Carron and Stena Spey rigs, IDS confirmed the roll out of their TourNet Pro monitoring suite of technologies across the entire Stena fleet. The technology is estimated to automate up to 35% of the daily morning report, issued each 24-hour period on drilling rigs, as well as enabling real-time monitoring of rig and fleet-wide performance KPIs.

Says TOTALTEC CEO Lars Mangal, “Guyana enters the oil industry as it is digitally transforming, and this is a great example. As we build our own capability, it must include the latest digital technologies and workflows. Among these is remote support of all aspects of well construction operations, for example, as enabled by the IDS TourNet Pro technology.”

The drive by Stena Drilling and others towards a digital future highlights the direction the sector is rapidly moving. To keep pace, and better capitalize on the many opportunities now available to Guyana, the Guyana local content policy must also ‘think digitally’ about the future.

As much as investment in ‘physical skills’ is important, arguably a more critical investment is in digital skills. Going forward, the industry will need a combination of domain experts (for example drilling engineers, geoscientists) who are experts in enabling digital technologies, data scientists, and a new generation of IT professionals to support the creation of a new generation of innovative workflows in oil and gas.

Mangal continued, “This points to a need for the Guyana government local content policy initiatives to think digitally. For example here, Guyana drilling engineers employed by Stena could be onshore, supporting operations the necessary 24/7/365 coverage, or working for a major service company, for example Schlumberger, monitoring and managing the directional drilling of the well from the office. The data being acquired to evaluate the reservoir could be witnesses and analyzed by a Guyana government geologist or reservoir engineer, then becoming part of a national data management repository for our precious resource.”

Guyana comes to the energy industry with a relatively clean start - both an advantage in digital adoption due to no legacy systems, and a challenge, with limited foundational capabilities.


TOTALTEC Oilfield Services is focused on the success of the oil industry in Guyana for the benefit of the country, its people, and partner companies. It does this through three areas: people, partnerships, and facilities. Qualified and motivated Guyanese develop through the International Petroleum & Maritime Academy. Partnerships prioritize products and services that are starting points to grow from, creating new Guyanese led companies. Examples are Guyana Shore Base, Inc. providing support to offshore operations and Jaguar Oilfield Services offering a complete range of lifting equipment and inspection services. The 94% Guyanese TOTALTEC workforce includes 8 nationalities with over 160 years of international oilfield experience.



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