Enterprise AI for Predicting Gas Compressor Downtime

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A major hydrocarbon producer wanted to minimize the environmental impact of its upstream oil production and installed mobile gas compressors to utilize associated petroleum gas (APG), a production byproduct. However, within a few months of installing MGCs, operators became overwhelmed with daily compressor failures and over 1,500 alarms per month from each compressor, many of which were false alarms. The existing control systems lacked the ability to accurately predict compressor failures in advance and could not support the root cause analysis required for troubleshooting. The company needed a better solution that could accurately predict failures, identify root causes, and improve the quality of alarms.


To address these issues and increase the reliability of its compressors, the oil & gas company selected C3 AI® Reliability. Within 10 weeks, the team ingested over 55 million rows of data from 4 disparate data sources, configured an anomaly detection pipeline to predict compressor failures and configured the C3 AI Reliability dashboard to visualize the predictive insights. With C3 AI Reliability, the company can achieve more than $40M in annual savings from increased productivity, increased gas throughput, and reduced maintenance costs.

Project Objectives

  • Reduce the number of false alarms created by rules-based systems
  • Reduce non-productive time caused by unplanned downtime and increase throughput


estimated annual savings
reduction in false alarms raised each month
reduction in non-productive time caused by downtime

Solution Architecture

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Enterprise AI for Oil & Gas

The C3 AI Platform provides the necessary and comprehensive services to build enterprise-scale AI applications up to 25x faster than alternative approaches. The C3 AI Platform integrates all relevant data sources to rapidly generate predictive insights across the oil and gas value chain. When deployed at enterprise-scale, C3 AI applications can deliver up to $100 million and more in annual economic value to oil and gas organizations.

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