Monitoring tubing and casing pressures from wellheads helps operators optimize well production while gaining a better understanding of long-term performance. Feedback can also provide valuable information about well safety. But manual monitoring methods and wired remote monitoring systems can be costly, inefficient and prone to error.
Wireless remote monitoring systems are proving more cost effective and efficient in tracking tubing and casing pressures from wellheads, especially those located in challenging and large-scale environments, said remote monitoring solutions company Wellkeeper Inc, which is now specifying the SignalFire Remote Sensing System in its remote monitoring solutions for tracking tubing and casing pressures in the oil field.
SignalFire’s Remote Sensing System (SFRSS) helps Wellkeeper resolve many of the problems associated with manual gauges and wired remote monitoring systems. With no wiring or trenching requirements, installation costs are far less expensive than wired systems, the company said.
In addition to automating manual tasks, the SFRSS provides greater control and visibility into ongoing operations. Operators no longer need to visit every well to track status as it is available via computer.
As most wellheads are situated far from remote terminal units, the SRFSS utilizes an innovative long-range mesh networking technology specifically designed for challenging, large-scale environments.
Meshing technology mitigates range limitations as data is moved from device to device to its ultimate destination. In many instances, a long-range mesh network gathers tubing and casing pressure data from several wells. With a wired system, the cost of conduit and wire would be prohibitive.
Consisting of a Gateway and remote nodes that interface with a variety of sensors, the SFRSS monitors pad tubing and casing pressures as well as other parameters including gas flare temperatures and tank levels.
Using the SFRSS, Wellkeeper offers comprehensive remote monitoring systems that both collect and store data, enabling users to view and analyze long-term performance trends. Additionally, the remote monitoring system may be programmed to provide alarms to prevent spills and avoid equipment failure and/or damage.