Redline Communications Group Inc., a provider of broadband wireless solutions for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, on Monday announced the launch of a larger, second phase of a major wireless project for Shell Oil joint venture Petroleum Development Oman LLC (PDO). This expansion, which follows the successful deployment of a wireless infrastructure network supporting over 2000 wells, has now been expanded to cover the remaining 3000 wells.
In November 2010 Redline (Toronto, Canada) announced that PDO had selected Redline to supply a wireless communications infrastructure to meet their goal of having full bi-directional communication and integration between the corporate layer and the field layers for their oil and gas fields.
Over 2000 of the 5000 oil wells in their Oman location are now connected wirelessly using Redline equipment to a centralized site where they are monitored and managed remotely in real-time, eliminating the need to have workers drive from well to well to collect critical operating information and make changes to optimize the system, says Redline. PDO is now expanding wireless coverage to all wells.
Redline’s RDL-3000 and AN-80i broadband radios, powered by SmartLINK software, are the cornerstone of the PDO system, says the company. They operate in point-to-multipoint configurations, allowing many units in the field to communicate over long distances to a smaller number of base stations which improves the cost effectiveness of the system.
The entire field, which covers an area of 28,000 square miles of desert, is surrounded by a ring of Redline RDL-5000 radios delivering high-capacity long distance backhaul . The Redline technology has extremely large capacity which supports the many different types of machines communicating simultaneously over the wireless network. SCADA systems, RTUs, video surveillance cameras and Wi-Fi hotspots are all connected over the wide area Redline network, with the more important communications such as control over the well heads getting priority treatment through Redline’s patented and patent pending Quality of Service (QoS) technology, says the company.
Data and information now flow between more than 2000 oil wells and the central control location, providing a full picture of what is happening in the field and how it is impacting the finances of the oil field operator, says Redline. In addition to connecting well heads, mobile rigs and semi-mobile units are also now wirelessly connected using Redline products, allowing access to corporate systems regardless of location.