Santos Ltd. is one of Australia’s leading oil and gas producers. With its origins in the Cooper Basin, the company is among the largest producers of gas for the domestic market and has the largest exploration and production-acreage position of any company. It also has an exploration-led Asian portfolio focused on Indonesia, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea.
Santos supplies 16% of Australia’s natural gas market and its exploration portfolio covers 1,460,800 square kilometers, including the company’s current major focus—the US$17.2 billion coal seam and Gladstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.
Santos chose Oracle Exadata for its integrated hardware and software platform and out-of-the-box solution. It enables rapid deployment, lowers implementation risks, and is well-suited for 24/7, global, oil-and-gas business operations.
"Oracle offers a preconfigured and optimized hardware and software solution with single-vendor support. It just makes sense from an implementation and ongoing-support perspective. We have improved our hardware and software performance and reduced our operational costs and risks through increased reporting efficiency, enabling us to maximize our IT investment,” said Hugh Banister, CIO, information systems, Santos Ltd.
Santos conducted a proof of concept for Oracle Exadata, which demonstrated the solution’s superior performance over competitors. Santos internal IT team worked with Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services for testing and installation. The new system went live in just six months. Santos then implemented Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine in April 2013.
“It was the first implementation of its kind in an Australian oil-and-gas production environment. The level of visibility from Oracle was exceptional. Oracle pulled out all the stops, and we completed the implementation much faster than expected,” Banister said.