Pluto LNG

Under the terms of the agreement, Accenture will deliver an end-to-end analytics solution designed to provide real-time actionable insights for Woodside for its LNG facilities, including the Pluto LNG plant.

Located 190km north-west of Karratha, in Western Australia in the Northern Carnarvon Basin, the Pluto LNG project is designed to process the gas from the Pluto and neighbouring Xena gas fields.

Data scientists and technologists from Accenture and Woodside will jointly work to make analytics pervasive in decision-making and launch models to drive proactive maintenance strategies.

The predictive analytics will also help Woodside to support decisions to enhance production, safety and risk management capabilities.

Woodside senior vice president strategy, science and technology Shaun Gregory said: "By harnessing more than 30 years of leading LNG operational experience through predictive analytics we are enabling our people to access extensive analytical insights that are expanding our decision-making capabilities and enhancing our ability to be predictive in our LNG operations."

Accenture’s statistical modeling, data management and visualization software will be used by Woodside to help combine huge amounts of production data to deliver business insights.

Woodside, through the collaboration, has already used predictive tools including predictive process monitoring tools for the Pluto LNG Plant.

The company now plans to utilize the analytics methodology and capability for other producing assets.

Accenture energy industry group managing director Paul Carthy said: "This approach will support Woodside’s journey in digital transformation and its future vision for intelligent operations.

"The predictive and process control analytics models are designed to deliver valuable business insights and drive increased performance and proactive maintenance strategies, ensuring Woodside’s position as a leader in digital energy."

Image: Woodside Petroleum’s Pluto LNG onshore gas plant. Photo: copyright © Woodside 2015.