Following the re-engineering of the Eni Development Management System (DMS),
which occurred in early 2004, Eni developed an information technology (IT)
integrated Project Management System (PMS) to support field-development
The DMS promotes a stage-and-gate approach to the development of a field,
starting from assessment of the value of the field, identification of the
viable development scenarios, definition of the selected development strategy,
and execution of the project (including the construction of the facilities and
the handover to operations). At the end of each stage, a predefined set of data
and documents are prepared by the project team to be submitted to a decision
gate to support an informed decision by Eni’s executives and authorize the
start of the next phase.
The IT system was developed with a Web Portal technology and it assists in
The multidisciplinary team involved in
the project (geologists, reservoir and drilling engineers, facility and
construction specialists, and HSE consultants) on a daily basis. In fact, it
provides web-based tools to share and verify project documents; develop and
control the schedule baseline of the project; automatically track cost
expenditures against budget values; document and review risks and lessons
learned; and manage milestones, issues, and project changes.
The executives involved in decision
making. In fact, it provides a high-level dashboard with an integrated
visualization of the last updated schedule and cost figures for the project, as
well as direct access to the main project documents relevant for the decision
gate of the current project phase.
The system integrates the document-management capabilities of Lotus Domino,
extends the planning and control functions of MS Project, automatically imports
the budget/actual expenditures from the SAP R3 Enterprise Resource Planning
system, and authorizes and profiles users according to their role. It has been
used to support 116 project phases across 82 projects.
The Eni E&P Div. recently performed a re-engineering of its own DMS. The
DMS covers the entire development process, starting with the identification of
an opportunity and its evaluation (e.g., from the first discovery of a
hydrocarbon reservoir with an exploration well). It includes the selection,
definition, and execution of a project and ends shortly after the production
startup (typically after 6 to 24 months).
Within the DMS, a development project life cycle consists of five different
phases (Fig. 1):
Evaluation: The project team assesses
the value of the opportunity and the alignment with business strategy based on
preliminary reservoir scenarios and development concepts.
Concept Selection: The project team
generates concept alternatives and selects and optimizes the preferred concept
based on technical, economic, and risk evaluation.
Concept Definition: The project team
refines selected concept, completes tendering, and produces a project execution
plan that allows project sanction.
Execution: The project team executes the
project to achieve a fully operating system meeting cost, time, and quality
Production and Closeout: The project
team starts up, operates, and evaluates the asset to maintain performance and
maximum return to shareholders.
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- Original manuscript received:
13 February 2006
- Revised manuscript received:
2 August 2006
- Manuscript approved:
7 August 2006
- Version of record:
20 December 2006