The global demand for oil and gas continues to rise, forcing exploration and production activities for new resources into arctic areas and deeper waters. The industry is also challenged by ever more stringent health, safety and environmental (HSE) requirements that impose more monitoring and reporting demands, with hefty fines for non-compliance. This is forcing the drive towards smarter oilfields and pipelines (Smart Energy), resulting in the need for more and extended communications networks along pipelines and remote well sites and drilling locations.
A TSAT satellite solution will enable oil and gas exploration, production and pipeline companies to cost-effectively and reliably connect their remote assets in support of business critical SCADA applications such as:
- Monitoring pressure, level, temperatures etc.
- Fiscal metering or custody transfer systems
- Controlling pumps, valves and compressors
- Emergency shut-down systems (ESD)
- Corrosion monitoring
- Leak detection
- Pipeline security and surveillance and more
Due to the critical nature of many of these remote well and pipeline sites, having redundant communications solutions in place is a must in order to maintain continued operations, in case of a comms failure. If the primary communications infrastructure is based on terrestrial communications technology, it makes sense to select satellite. Satellite generally is not affected by the circumstances that cause terrestrial communications to fail.
By deploying a TSAT based solution oil & gas companies will be realizing important benefits such as:
Low recurring cost, since TSAT will tailor satellite bandwidth to actual application throughout requirements.
Improved cyber security, since TSAT is implemented as private network, not connected to the internet.
Maximum uptime, since TSAT networks can be implemented with geo-redundant and load-sharing HUBs.