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The oil & gas industry to embrace wireless technology

Having to seek and explore oil and gas resources in extreme environments and often remote locations, the oil & gas industry is under pressure to implement efficient and robust communication systems.

Berlin-headquartered industrial manufacturing company Siemens, has highlighted the necessity of implementing industrial wireless technology.

Wireless technology key for real-time information

In a report, the firm explains why this sort of communication is necessary for businesses that need real-time information to reduce their non-productive time (NPT) when facing extreme environments.

The report explains: “While modern and intelligent production equipment require and generate increasing amounts of data, recent advances in industrial wireless technology have enabled the provision of cost-optimised solutions capable of robust and reliable communications.

“Under these demanding conditions, creating reliable communication infrastructures can pose significant challenges.”


Placing this into context, the manufacturing company gives a detailed example of the intricate communication during the fracturing process – specifically an application for connecting remote and distributed data vans and hydraulic pump units used in the fracturing processes.

“A typical fracturing process fleet consists of several trucktrailers with mounted hydraulic pump units, hydration units, blenders, proppants, chemical storage tanks, and a site data acquisition and control center. Each of these trailers serves a unique purpose in the fracturing process. For instance, one trailer will house the blenders, which process the powders, chemicals, gels, and liquids pumped downhole.

“Another trailer houses the hydraulic pump unit that delivers the high volumes of fluid and proppant to the wellbore at high pressure levels. Combined, these units provide the pressure levels needed to open fractures at the bottom of the hole, while at the same time, valuable data is captured.

“The site data acquisition and control centre, commonly referred to as a data van, provides a centralized command centre to control all critical well site equipment, while also monitoring, recording, and supervising the fracturing treatment. The data van controls, monitors, and records the rate and pressure at which the fracturing fluid is pumped down the wellbore, the proportions of the necessary additives in the fluid and the proppant concentration.

“The data vans’ primary goal is to reduce the number of equipment operators needed to complete the treatment, while greatly improving job quality and safety through centralised real-time data capture and presentation.”

Understanding how wireless can improve productivity, reduce costs and solve potential cabling problems, read the full report titled ‘Rugged, reliable communications enables oil and gas exploration.”

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.