Utilizing Wireless Instrumentation In Well Optimization

Author: Denis RutherfordDownload File

The Natural Gas and Oil industry is continually driven by cost cutting measures and the need to gain more operational efficiencies and visibility to regulatory requirements. This paper summarizes a solution in which wireless instruments integrate with other conventional equipment to offer a rapidly deployable advanced well optimization system.

Wireless instrumentation products provide cost-effective and easy to install alternatives to traditional, hardwired sensor sites. These rugged field units are designed for the majority of Oil & Gas applications and for installations ranging from general purpose to Class I Div I hazardous locations with extreme temperature and humidity ranges.

True wireless instrumentation is comprised of selfcontained, self-powered field units providing process data to a centralized base radio through an unlicensed band, spread-spectrum, and frequency hopping wireless connection. Networks of up to 100 field units (900MHz version) can be created and polled by a single base radio using a secure, proprietary “Industrial Wireless” protocol, with a typical range between field unit and base radio of up to 5000ft (-1500m). With the capability to scale up to as many as 256 wireless instrumentation LANs, Wireless Instrumentation networks easily accommodate future expansion plans.

Wireless Instrumentation eliminates complex, hardwired installations and makes it easy to deploy and monitor sensor networks across a wide range of applications. Typical wireless instruments support industry standard Modbus protocol to ensure interoperability and compatibility with a wide range of Oil & Gas equipment from third party vendors such as but not limited to Schneider Electric, ABB, Emerson, Thermo, etc … Wireless Instruments are available in a wide range of sensor and input configurations to fit many applications including pressure, level, acoustic, switch input and output, turbine meter and analog inputs.