ADNOC Case Studies Illustrate Importance of Technology Qualification Process

Topics: Asset/portfolio management Risk management/decision-making
Source: Schlumberger.
Schlumberger’s Manara Smart Completion System was one of the technologies evaluated through ADNOC’s Tech Qual technology qualification system.

For operators and service companies looking to gain an edge in a growing technology marketplace, the link between technology development strategy and overall operational strategy is fundamental. Careful planning is required to ensure the efficient use of resources on technologies that target high-priority problems and high-impact solutions, while responding to near-term challenges and laying the foundation for longer-term goals. An established roadmap could serve as a point of reference to satisfy technology requirements in response to current and arising challenges for a company looking to produce new technologies in-house or facilitate the development with other companies.

With that in mind, the Abu Dhabi Na-tional Oil Company’s (ADNOC) Upstream Directorate developed a stage-gate process for new technology development and qualification. The process was designed to minimize the risk associated with deploying new technologies to a level that can be managed or mitigated, ensuring compliance with operational constraints and promoting the safety of assets and people.

Sherif El-Gharbawy, ADNOC’s authority on technology maturity, presented a paper outlining case studies on the development and qualification process, Tech Qual, at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). At last year’s OTC, he presented a paper with coauthor, Wafik Beydoun on the establishment of ADNOC’s technology development process. That paper outlined the company’s use of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) to advance the development of a new, or unproven, technology along a structured path toward deployment or commercialization.

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ADNOC Case Studies Illustrate Importance of Technology Qualification Process

Stephen Whitfield, Senior Staff Writer

01 August 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 8