The unconventional natural gas production division of one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers delivers one million metric tons of liquid natural gas (LNG) annually to the Australian and international markets. Across three regions of Australia, the company maintains 3,000 coal seam gas wells equipped with progressive cavity pumps (PCPs) to produce LNG. Failure of the pumps at these wells accounts for over 70-80% of all wellsite failures and causes approximately 40 days of downtime per well annually.
These failures result in a high total cost-per-unit. The costs associated with well failures is the company’s second-largest operational spend. Using the BHC3™ Reliability application, the company is now able to predict pump failures 30 to 50 days in advance. This helps the company optimize maintenance crew deployment and replacement part preparation, thereby reducing costs.