Oil and Gas

Background

Oil and Gas

Operations in the Oil and Gas industry function under extreme environmental conditions, located in remote areas, and spread across geographies. With its machine to machine (M2M) communication capabilities, LPWAN is evolving as a potential solution that can be successfully channeled to del iver a positive business impact on the Oil and Gas operations.

DIGITAL OILFIELD

The high cost of deployment of advanced metering infrastructure for resource consumption control is the significant barrier for utility companies. As traditional technologies like GPRS, ZigBee and Wireless M-Bus sti ll in consideration for such smart gas metering applications they do not provide the desired level of ROI.

With a new type of LWPAN wireless communication technology developed especially for smart metering and loT application, util ities can overcome the difficulties of massive rolling out of AMI.

Using the concept of loT communication and most robust LPWAN NB-Fi protocol loT has developed out-of-the-box solutions for smart gas consumption monitoring with plug and play meters and outstanding connectivity characteristics.Machine to machine (M2M) communication, driven by LPWAN, has huge potential for gaining popularity across O&G companies. It enables machines and systems to communicate with other devices. LPWAN and loT can help companies reduce costs, improve performance, enhance safety, and drive operational efficiencies. loT-enabled devices and systems can facilita te efficient O&G operations, with minimum human intervention, providing higher value than trad itional technology and automation. Correctly implemented LPWAN solutions hold the potential to introduce efficiencies in upstream, midstream, and downstream operations.

NB-Fi provides 2 000+ sq.km. of
coverage for digita oilfield assets.

loT-enabled devices and systems can facilitate efficient O&G operations, with minimum human intervention, providing higher value than traditional technology and automation. Correctly implemented LPWAN solutions hold the potential to introduce efficiencies in upstream, midstream, and downstream operations.

IOT TECHNOLOGY FOR OIL AND GAS

LPWAN integrated sensors deployed across the va lue chain – from exploration and production to the transportation of crude and refined oil – can bring in the much-needed visibil ity and workplace safety, with better control and maintenance of assets.

With the marriage of smart devices, advanced connectivity, and management platforms, loT and M2M communication are gaining traction in supporting collaboration. Employed in many areas of the O&G industry to increase efficiency, the technology is cata lyzing the development of new business practices. Its use has accelerated with mobile and cloud innovation, advances in Big Data, and predictive analytics based on in-memory computing. And it’s becoming more affordable and practical as the size and price of sensors shrink. O&G companies that embrace these innovative technologies can gain first-mover advantage.

Type of sensors for digital oirlfield remote assets:

  • Remote metering
  • Cathodic protection
  • Gas density
  • Pipeline pressure
  • Custody transfer meters
  • Fire I Gas I H25 alarms
  • Tank levels
  • Tank batteries
  • Temperature sensors
  • Control valves
  • Flow monitoring
  • Electricity consumption
  • Structural health & deformation
  • Air pollution

HOW CAN LPWAN DRIVE THE PRODUCTION
EFFICIENCIES

loT enabled tools, systems, devices, sensors, and other equipment, when inter-connected with monitoring systems, can extract meaningful process information for quick analysis – analysis that can enable efficient utilization of resources, and improve production efficiency, safety standards, transportation and other aspects.

Remotely sensed data

Sensors on drilling machines can capture data on pressure, temperature, density, flow rate, geological and seismic aspects.

Analysis of this data helps drive accurate equipment performance analysis for lifetime prediction and scheduled maintenance. This enables early detection of errors, reduced failure rate, efficient equipment performance and reduced downtime.

Sensor data, linked with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, drives efficient supply chain management, resulting in right-time raw material and spare parts ordering.

This operational efficiency, in turn, leads to efficient inventory and working capital management.

Safety improvement and analytics

Safetydata from sensors helps monitor the release of toxic gases and enables prompt response to and analysis of incidents, thereby preventing unwanted accidents, ensuring compliance with safety regulations and standards, and of course, ensuring workforce health and safety. Sensors mounted on equipment provide analysis data for well monitoring, fire and gas safety, emergency shutdown, and other processes, resulting in efficient production operations.

  • Increasing asset team productivity using standardised workflows and
    tools.
  • Delivering actionable information in the form of key performance
    indicators (KPls).
  • Implementing visualisation environments to promote crossdisciplinary
    collaboration.

Real-time remote monitoring

Perform analytics on collected data to identify operating insights that can be used to enhance decision making.

loT-enabled sensors not only facilitate an efficient supply chain but also accelerate go to market.

These sensors enable automatic monitoring of upstream, midstream and downstream processes, thereby reducing the complexity of a large portion of human work.