Oil & Gas Applications
The oil and gas industry makes up the world’s largest energy supply. From market research to advancement in drilling, constructing reliable and efficient oil and gas networking equipment to monitor control systems is critical in the oil and gas industry.
Oil & Gas Booklet: Industrial Networking for Oil & Gas
The oil and gas industry makes up the world’s largest energy supply. From market research to advancement in drilling, the process for constructing a reliable and efficient way to accurately monitor control systems is critical in the oil and gas industry.
Oil is a critical substance the world depends upon. With over 70% of the earth covered by water, some of the best oil reserves are beneath the ocean floor. Reaching these underwater oil reserves can pose quite a challenge. An offshore oil platform can surmount these obstacles.
An offshore platform is a huge structure equipped with the resources to drill wells and extract oil and gas from deep pockets beneath the ocean floor. These offshore platforms require industrial networking equipment to safely monitor and control devices from a central control room on board, as well as transmit data back to land for upper management planning.
SCADA systems monitoring the oil extraction are networked using serial (Modbus RTU) and Ethernet (Modbus TCP and other industrial Ethernet protocols). IP/PoE surveillance cameras requiring industrial Ethernet switches are monitoring safety conditions throughout the oil platform. Industrial wireless solutions are important for supplying WiFi connections to all on board in addition to devices where cabling is not possible or ideal. Industrial networking equipment is critical to the 24/7 operations on an offshore platform and Antaira can provide complete solutions.
- Continuous monitoring of devices and the ability to support high bandwidths
- Wide operating temperature for reliability in harsh environments
- Wireless link across oil platform
Oil pipelines are an integral part of the oil industry. Overland pipelines mostly handle the transporting of crude oil. Pipelines are secured by networks which are monitored from a central control room fed by thousands of data points throughout a pipeline. Many of these pipelines travel across harsh lands requiring industrial networking equipment which plays a huge part in the pipeline process.
In oil pipeline applications, a continuous stream of data is collected and transmitted long distances via fiber optics using industrial Ethernet switches at each field station to boost and add new data streams to eventually end up at a control room. Anytime there is an issue with a data point on a pipeline, the control room’s SCADA system receives an alert, which allows an operator to call a field technician to fix the issue.
Remote field site stations running along a pipeline collect the important networking data from local Modbus and Ethernet sensors along with video feed captured by IP/PoE surveillance cameras. The data streams from the local sensors contain information regarding liquid flow, temperatures, pressure, and leak detection – all critical to the safety of the pipeline. All this data is streamed across fiber optics running the length of the pipeline acting as the application’s backbone.
- Provide remote monitoring, access and control of field site equipment, and surveillance capability of pipelines from control center
- Network equipment that is suitable for wide temperature, high humidity, dust and even explosive environments
- Fiber optics for long distance transmission of data across miles