Distributed automation streamlines operations on multi-well pads ///

In the Barnett shale of northern Texas, XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, had been struggling to resolve problems arising from classical automation approaches for years. Primarily producing natural gas, using plunger lift for de-watering purposes, a pad included up to 12 wells, with a two-phase separator and water tank per well. When taking more recent drilling programs into account, well counts of up to 24 per pad are projected.

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