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When Shell drills a deep-water exploration well it can use sensors that transmit real-time information, such as pressure and temperature, back to operations centres around the world. Here engineers interpret the information to assess conditions and potential risks.

If they observe anything out of the ordinary, such higher than expected pressures underground, they may advise the rig to adjust the drilling plan and take extra precautions to reinforce the well before continuing.

“We are there 24/7 receiving data as the well is being drilled,” says Mfon Udofia, former Shell Exploration Geologist. “If we need to make a decision we can do so quickly, in collaboration with the crew on the drilling rig.”

Remote monitoring of wells at Shell - Mfon Udofia

Former Shell Exploration Geologist Mfon Udofia explains how exploration wells are monitored remotely.