Growing global demand for natural gas has pushed oil and gas companies to increase the development of hazardous, sour gas fields containing Hydrogen Sulphide [H2S] and Carbon Dioxide [CO2]; the higher the concentrations of sour gas the more intensive, expensive and dangerous the development process becomes.
In the Middle East, developing sour gas fields has become a priority because of soaring regional gas consumption. In addition, companies in the region are also facing the issue of increasing levels of sourness in operating fields; H2S and other contaminants that were negligible on startup have become a problem as production continues.
Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations Ltd. (ADCO) now trading as ADNOC Onshore is using RACOM M!DGE routers to support a toxic gas leak detection system at sour H2S wells.
As you can imagine, this is a mission critical application requiring very high levels of reliable communication. Having to operate regularly in temperatures over 500C only adds to the challenge. The M!DGE units, chosen specifically for reliability and ability to operate in these temperatures are integrated with Rockwell RTUs as a single assembled unit and installed using an outdoor antenna. Any gas leak alarm (10ppm) must be also notified through SMS by the RTU to a number of mobile telephones through M!DGE routers.
The ability to offer security features in the form of VPN, IPsec and tunneling proved an added bonus to our highly satisfied client who is placing ongoing orders with RACOM.
It is very pleasing to know that the M!DGE router is so adaptable and continually providing solutions in different hazardous situations around the world.