Ondiflo, which provides blockchain-based platforms for the oil and gas industry, said it has successfully completed of its Proof of Value (PoV) project of fluid hauling in East Texas in collaboration with BPX Energy, and some of its suppliers.
Throughout the pilot, during which Ondiflo’s blockchain-based solution was deployed with three water hauling companies (C&J, Common and Select Energy Services), BPX Energy, the U.S. onshore oil and gas unit for global energy company BP, and its suppliers were able to identify substantial operational and financial benefits, including cost reduction by improved efficiency, reduced procure-to-pay time cycles and improved asset utilisation.
Ondiflo’s blockchain-based application for fluid hauling provides an automation platform for the optimisation of field tracking activities, where tank-level data received from sensors, service orders, field tickets and invoices as well as regulatory documentation are transacted via smart contracts and key-data captured in the blockchain.
With 50 metered wells connected to the Ondiflo platform, sending tank levels every 5 minutes, over 10,500 hauls have been automatically processed since the start of the project. An average of over 90 per cent accuracy was achieved in haul detection and matching to field tickets by week 6. Over 65 truck drivers and 11 dispatchers used the Ondiflo app and one of the companies used their own e-ticketing app connected to the Ondiflo APIs for this project.
The PoV project improved dispatch optimisation by projecting service requests out for 48 hours. Savings on the field ticket approval effort and invoice processing efforts were achieved by automatically approving hauls if the volume computed by Ondiflo matched the volume entered on the field ticket.
Jean-Pierre Foehn, CEO of Ondiflo, added, “Our methodology clearly established the impact of the combined IoT, Mobile and Blockchain technologies on the current process and the outcome for the business case. We are confident that when moving to production with the integration of the various back-office systems involved in the Procure-to-Pay, the impact of automation will be fully realised and will lead the industry to quick adoption.”
Balaji Ramakrishnan, BPX Energy’s director of procurement and supply chain, said, “Ondiflo’s technology drastically transforms how an oilfield transaction is managed from a paper-based process into the digital age, increasing productivity, reducing costs and creating value.”
The PoV has demonstrated that the convergence of IoTs, Blockchain technology and data science for legally enforceable automation of the procure-to-pay (P2P) process in fluid hauling during the production phase of an oil/gas well presents solid business value.