Baker Hughes and C3 AI deploy enterprise AI solutions at MEG Energy

Source: press release, 14 September 2021

Ed Abbo, C3 AI president and CTO
Ed Abbo, C3 AI president and CTO (photo: C3 AI)

Baker Hughes and C3 AI have announced the successful deployment of the BHC3 Production Optimization enterprise AI application at MEG Energy, an Alberta, Canada-based energy company, to improve operational efficiency, productivity, and to better visualise risk across the company’s upstream production operations.

MEG Energy leverages innovative technology to reduce energy and water use, along with greenhouse gas intensity, while improving the efficiency and sustainability of thermal oil production. The adoption of BHC3’s enterprise AI solutions will accelerate MEG Energy’s use of digital solutions to further improve the efficiency of steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) production.

MEG Energy has worked with energy technology, data science, and AI experts at Baker Hughes and C3 AI to train, develop, and apply machine learning models and analytics using historical and real-time data. The enterprise AI-based BHC3 Production Optimization application monitors moment-to-moment operations, allows seamless integration between engineers and field staff, and creates actionable predictive insights to enhance the daily operational workflow for production engineers and operators, with customised analytics-based alerts and virtual meters providing measurements for emulsion, gas, and vapor across more than 300 thermal production wells.

“BHC3’s advanced enterprise AI-based solutions will further enable the differentiated, proprietary technology we utilise to ensure safe, sustainable production of energy,” says Chief Technology Officer Chi-Tak Yee, MEG Energy. “Enterprise AI has successfully demonstrated it can improve visibility, workflow management, and overall productivity of operations.”

“Enterprise AI software creates new pathways to efficiency and productivity for today’s upstream industry,” says Uwem Ukpong, executive vice president of regions, alliances and enterprise sales at Baker Hughes. “This is an exciting deployment, as solutions are now serving MEG Energy’s technology and operational excellence objectives with scaled, domain-specific enterprise AI.”

“Extracting significant economic value from complex production data requires enterprise AI,” says C3 AI Chief Technology Officer Ed Abbo. “The BHC3 Production Optimization application, powered by the underlying capabilities of the BHC3 AI Suite, is tried, tested and proven to deliver predictive intelligence at scale to increase productivity, reduce risk, and help meet the environmental targets that are critical to ensuring future energy and climate security.”