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Oil and Gas Producer Santos Taps Hiber for Well Monitoring in Papua New Guinea

By | June 29, 2022

An offshore oil rig. Photo: Shutterstock via Santos

Hiber won a new deal in the oil and gas sector with Santos, a large oil and gas producer and exporter in Papua New Guinea. Hiber announced Wednesday that Santos will use its HiberHilo satellite-powered remote well-monitoring solution to ensure the safety and environmental security of oil and gas wells in Papua New Guinea.

Santos has previously monitored remote wells manually, flying in teams by helicopter to take measurements at least once a month. Even the more accessible wells were a logistical challenge, requiring off-road trucks to drive through the rainforest. With an annual budget of around $2 million for well monitoring that yielded sporadic and insufficient well data, Santos said this solution reduces costs, manages risk, and boosts operational efficiency.

The deal signed with Hiber enables Santos to install HiberHilo on 70 wells initially, with the possibility to add more wells in the future. This solution uses low-cost, low-power satellite connectivity to gather performance and safety data from wells in remote, off-grid locations. HiberHilo can help Santos prevent incidents by catching issues such as a leak or pressure build-up at an early stage so interventions can be planned to mitigate pollution or costly production downtime. In addition, HiberHilo can help Santos reduce its carbon footprint and improve its crew safety by reducing helicopter and truck trips to wells.

Hiber’s network is powered by Inmarsat satellites. The company previously signed a deal with large multinational Shell for the remote monitoring solution.