Lundin’s Fabulous Success in Exploration

According to IDC research, one-fourth to one-third of the value generated by a typical oil and gas exploration and production company’s annual activities is owed to data. Lundin Norway is no exception.

Boasting a multitude of oil and gas discoveries on the Norwegian shelf, the credit for Lundin Norway’s success belongs to an experienced staff that enjoys carte blanche to use their knowledge and skills in the best way possible — making Lundin Norway arguably the best exploration company in the world.

When Lundin Norway was established in 2004, hardly anyone believed so few people would be able to find so much oil and gas on the Norwegian shelf — except for Lundin’s staff themselves. Their team of experienced explorers based their work on the idea that new knowledge, new methods, and new exploration models would make such discoveries possible. Now everyone knows they were right. Lundin owns many oil fields, earns an annual income of USD 2 billion, and ranks as the second largest oil company in Norway. The company currently holds ownership interests in 61 production licenses on the Norwegian Shelf, and was awarded operatorships for 34 of those.

New Reservoir Simulations Need More Data Storage

Data is one of the most valuable resources in a smart world, and the volume of data collected in the oil and gas industry is growing exponentially. With target exploration fields shifting from conventional to unconventional areas — from land to sea, and even polar regions — the explorers are becoming increasingly dependent on IT. More data requires better data mining utilization, which results in a higher likelihood that an organization will find oil resources and control the market. In order to obtain more data and generate more profit, Lundin has adopted new reservoir simulation technologies that overcome many of the technical and environmental difficulties faced by offshore exploration, which in turn improves mining efficiency.

The figure below shows Lundin’s actual data storage growth over the last few years as well as its predicted growth for this year.

New technologies generate high volumes of data. Lundin worried its current storage architecture cannot meet its fast growing data storage requirements. In addition, 60 percent of Lundin’s data is cold data. The scalability of earlier storage system on the live network was insufficient and did not support tiered storage; the result was that all the company’s data was stored on expensive SAS disks, which resulted in high Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Further, because new reservoir simulations require high-performance computing clusters, Lundin’s top concerns were low data processing performance, high power and maintenance costs, and reliable disaster recovery.

In the end, Lundin’s objectives were to upgrade their storage infrastructure to fulfill the following requirements for both unstructured and application data:

  • Lower costs

  • Apply robust, secure, flexible, scalable, and cost-effective solutions

  • Meet future storage needs

  • Coexist with cloud services

Fully Symmetrical, Distributed File Storage Solutions

Huawei has cooperated with industry partners to launch ICT solutions that cover upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors for combining digital production with safety control and improved productivity. Huawei’s oil and gas solutions have been applied in 45 countries and regions around the world and serve fourteen of the top 20 global oil and gas companies.

Lundin’s CIO and his team came to appreciate Huawei’s attention to the company’s pain points with solutions for their fast-growing data storage demands. The flexible scale-out architecture of the OceanStor 9000 meets all future requirements for storage expansion, and includes the InfoTier function that separates the processing and storage for large amounts of cold data on a live network.

Located in Lysaker, near Oslo, Lundin’s primary datacenter (LDC3) has the rack space available to co-locate the new Network Attached Storage (NAS) platform with the current storage solution.

The OceanStor 9000 fully symmetrical distributed file storage systems supports high-performance read/write access, smooth scale-out from three to 288 nodes, up to 100 PB of capacity in a single file system, and includes Huawei’s proprietary InfoTurbo acceleration technology for up to 2.5 GB/s bandwidth over a single client. As a result, OceanStor 9000 systems support simplified management and maintenance, and eliminate data silos caused by multiple namespaces. The capacity and performance characteristics of Huawei’s OceanStor 9000 are designed to alleviate all customer storage concerns.

At the same time, the OceanStor 9000 InfoReplicator system provides data protection for erasure codes that are set and controlled at the directory level. Folders or files can be replicated between multiple OceanStor 9000 storage systems through IP links over Local Area Networks (LANs) or Wide Area Networks (WANs).

The storage system supports and configures remote replication in case data cannot be recovered for any reason. Remote replication requires data consistency based on snapshots in addition to full and incremental replication that are scheduled to operate automatically. The Lundin project requires a Recovery Point Objective (RPO) time of one day, with a minimum RPO time of 30 minutes.

Tiered Storage for Deep Exploration

The OceanStor 9000 InfoTier Dynamic Storage Tiering (DST) feature stores and migrates files between devices with different performance levels according to file properties. In this way, InfoTier enables user-specific processing speed and capacity assignments for ensuring optimal space utilization, enhanced access performance, and reduced deployment costs.

The tiered-storage features of the Huawei OceanStor 9000 solution specifically addresses Lundin’s requirement to manage hot and cold data separately, improve storage efficiency and data analysis, and boost processing performance.

The Lundin project plan determined that the migration of to the new system would be completed in three months. Not only did the OceanStor 9000 deployment succeed in avoiding daily penalties, the project was completed in only half the time.

In addition to earning the respect of Lundin’s CIO, Huawei and the OceanStor 9000 are benefitting the company in the following ways:

  • Enable linear performance improvements by dynamically adding nodes to meet projected service growth.

  • Reduced TCO by using the OceanStor 9000 tiered storage functions.

  • Simplified configurations and graphical support for systems deployment.

  • Increased egress bandwidth through capacity expansion to avoid bandwidth bottlenecks and meet long-term customer requirements for rapid growth.

“Huawei OceanStor 9000 occupies only 1.2 cabinets, 73 percent less than the 4.5 cabinets used by the old system, saving precious space. At the same time, Huawei needed only one month to migrate 1 PB of data to the OceanStor 9000 platform, which is 70 percent faster than previously possible. We were surprised at Huawei’s product capabilities, and even more so by Huawei’s professional services.”

— Martin Leslie, IT Manager of Lundin Norway

With large-scale prospects like the Gohta and Alta fields in the Barents Sea, Lundin Norway has confirmed the value of new exploration models and is providing important findings that they believe will lead to a new and profitable era of oil and gas production. Huawei’s storage solutions are well positioned to play an important role in the science and engineering to better understand the geology of marine environments for continental shelf and seabed topography, earthquake prediction, and the commercial development of oil and gas reserves.

0 readers

(0 scores)

Like the story? Give your score.

0/500

Write your comment here.
Summit

0comments

    More comments

      You have scored successfully.

      You have submitted successfully.

      Evaluation failed.

      Submission failed.

      Please write your comment first.

      Back Home
      White Papers Project Inquiries