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Combined Monitoring and Communications Systemfor Active Shale Gas Drilling Sites


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Problem: While the Marcellus Shale offers an abundance of natural gas, combustible gases such as methane or hydrogen sulfide can pose a danger at drilling sites. The same holds true for other shale gas exploration sites and oil drilling sites. A good perimeter monitoring system is needed, but it must be cost-effective and re-deployable.

How do you cost-effectively monitor oil and gas drilling sites for fugitive emissions? How can the system be powered in remote areas?Can such a monitoring system be transportable from one site to the next? Also, is there a way to provide wireless communications to provide a connection to the central office?

Solution: What the oil and gas industry needs right now is a solar-powered infrared gas detection system for continuous perimeter monitoring of toxic and combustible gases such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and methane (CH4), byproducts of fossil fuels.It should incorporate a programmable logic controller for data collection and, ideally, offer wireless Internet connectivity. By tying continuous gas monitoring equipment to a wireless radio link, the system would provide a wireless hotspot, enabling remote monitoring of differential pressure, voltage amperage, and also providing a means of communicating from active, remote drilling sites to a central office. This would facilitate day-to-day business communications as well as remotely monitor for H2S and CH. This continuous monitoring system for the oil and gas industry would monitor emissions from active drilling sites, provide an early indicator of a potentially hazardous condition, and allow drilling operators or contact headquarters via an Internet connection.

The system must be rugged and reliable,as well as easy to implement and re-deploy.

Today, maintenance-free perimeter monitoring of methane and hydrogen sulfide is possible with a turnkey, solar-powered monitoring system for gas monitoring at active shale gas and oil drilling sites.

A solar panel powers the gas detectors, which monitor for methane and hydrogen sulfide gases. The monitor is connected to a wireless transmission box, which transmits a radio signal to a programmable logic controller. The PLC has memory configuration software and an easy-to-read 6-inch touch screen, which displays real-time values of the measured parameters. The PLC has a battery as well to ensure days of autonomy with no downtime. There is also an AC power option. Intranet communication is possible via satellite transmission.

Installation, on-site training, and 24/7 field service make this an affordable and reliable turnkey solution for on-site gas monitoring at active drilling operations. The system includes delivery and setup and re-deployment after tear down at the drilling site.

The system includes robust and reliable infrared (IR) gas monitors designed for use in hazardous environments, easy-to-read local LCD display, and internet connectivity via satellite. Solar power translates to low energy consumption.The iridium satellite modem GPS receiver transmits status and sensor messages via RDT/wireless gateway.

This monitoring and communications system is ideal for remote, active shale drilling sites and meeting a growing need for remote communications and monitoring within the oil and gas industry.

This article is provided by Conspec-Controls.com – A industrial gas detection company that specializes in Natural Gas Leak Detector and Portable Gas Detectors.

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