CASE STUDY

Petrobras Peru

Wireless M2M Solutions

Location

Brazil

Sector

Oil & Gas

Peruvian Energy Company Optimizes Communications Network with Secure and Reliable Wireless M2M Solutions

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Petrobras is the sixth largest energy company in the world. It has been in business for more than 55 years, with nearly 75,000 employees worldwide and presence in 28 countries. In Peru, Petrobras began its operations in 1996 and holds stakes in exploratory assets in Northern and Southern Peru in four different basins: Marañon, Huallaga, Madre de Dios, and Ucayali.

FreeWave Usage and Applications

In late 2009, Petrobras Peru started a pilot test using a wireless M2M communication solution made by a competitor of FreeWave Technologies.  Petrobras has numerous oil fields in Northern Peru (El Alto), and it had plans to test the new equipment in a coastal environment near the ocean in Piura, Peru. Close to the equator, the average temperature there is 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), and this particular zone has small rivers and large amounts of rain in the summer. The goal was to have several test sites reporting to a gateway and then into a SCADA system to monitor several pumping devices and equipment including: Pump of Controller (POC), Pump Cavity Progressive (PCP), Balance Oil Recovery System (BORS) and plunger lift.

For the pilot, distances between links were not long. However, the challenge was to communicate to sites that were located in depressions, canyons or small streams and did not have clear line-of-site (LOS). Engineers at Petrobras Peru attempted to get the pilot M2M network working for several weeks, but the competing communication solutions caused a lot of ambient noise and failed to establish reliable or consistent links. Without working links, the pilot would be a failure. In order to be successful, the engineering team looked to FreeWave Technologies to help reconfigure the competing solutions to ensure they had adequate separation between antennas on the tower. For the links that did not have LOS, they used FreeWave’s FGR09CSUs in slave/repeater mode. The FreeWave wireless M2M communication devices demonstrated better performance and versatility in the applications with no line-of-sight.

Outcomes

Within 30 minutes, the new M2M communication devices were installed. Although slightly more time was dedicated toward the selection of the repeater sites, the entire system seamlessly integrated into their SCADA system. Almost immediately upon deployment, FreeWave was able to establish a link, which was something Petrobras Peru had not accomplished with the competing solutions.

The engineers were impressed with FreeWave’s ease of installation, and the entire process proved to be effective, low cost and timely, especially when compared to the difficulties with the competitor’s solutions. During the entire three-month pilot, the FreeWave M2M solutions did not lose  communication or the ability to send data to the SCADA system.

Altogether, Petrobras Peru is currently operating more than several hundred FreeWave wireless M2M communication devices, and the network continues to grow. Petrobras is using these solutions at oil collection sites, treatment plants, water ejection sites and compression stations.

Highlights

  • Almost immediately upon deployment, FreeWave was able to establish a link, something CNPC had not accomplished with competing solutions, even after several weeks of attempts.
  • FreeWave M2M solutions are built for challenging weather and other environmental factors, and successfully operate in locations where LOS is not always possible.
  • CNPC’s engineers were impressed with FreeWave’s ease of installation, and the entire process proved to be effective, low cost and timely.
CASE STUDY

Institute of Geophysics of Ecuador

Seismic Monitoring

Location

Ecuador

Sector

Environmental Monitoring

Wireless M2M Communication Solutions Provide Seismic and Volcanic Monitoring for Early Eruption Warning in Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador – The Instituto Geofísico [Institute of Geophysics of Ecuador] has been responsible for seismic and volcanic monitoring throughout the country since 1983. Early warning of volcanic eruption is essential so that authorities and citizens have enough time to take the appropriate precautionary measures. Therefore, the Institute’s mission is to improve disaster preparedness and lessen the impact of seismic and volcanic phenomena throughout Ecuador via constant monitoring, scientific research and technology that promotes the creation of a precautionary culture. Thanks to the Red Nacional de Sismógrafos [National Seismograph Network] and the Red de Observatorios Volcánicos [National Volcano Observatories], the Institute is able to issue early warnings based on risk maps produced by scientists. The dedication to seismic and volcanic monitoring helped warn hundreds of thousands of people early, got them out of harm’s way and saved countless lives in the eruptions of the Tungurahua Volcano in July and August 2006, December 2008 and December 2010.

FreeWave Usage and Applications

Given the problem of implementing an affordable, real-time telemetry system that is simple and sturdy, new options were considered, and, for the first time, an international organization installed FreeWave Technologies’ serial radio solutions to transmit data of the deformation of the Cotopaxi Volcano and the Galapagos Islands. Although the mechanics, features, advantages and cost of these M2M solutions were not known at the time, very good results were obtained, reducing maintenance of monitoring stations to zero. Later, one of the institute’s engineers set up a photographic camera with serial data transmission using FreeWave for the Reventador Volcano. Currently, the Institute has added FreeWave M2M communication solutions to many of its monitoring networks and used them in various monitoring applications and implementation activities. Among the primary monitoring applications are: real-time broadband seismic stations in the active volcanoes and tectonic faults, accelerometers located in the cities, meteorological stations, stations to monitor volcanic gases, deformation stations using GPS technology and borehole sensors, remote digital cameras, and stations to quantify mud flow.

Outcomes

Over the past six years, the work with FreeWave’s M2M communications solutions has met the Institute’s expectations in many regards. Connections at different distances have proven them highly reliable and stable. Performance in extreme conditions has met its needs, as evidenced by a FreeWave M2M device that transmits images from the top of the highest active volcano in the world, which operates at below zero degree temperatures from a height of 5,947 meters above sea level. For this application, a camera network was installed in the Tungurahua volcano for visualizing the volcano from four critical zones in real time.

The performance and flexibility of FreeWave M2M communication solutions allowed engineers at the Institute to continue to consider this transmission equipment as the best option for different applications and projects already underway. Additionally, the costbenefit ratio was excellent for the job and budget. The M2M solutions play an important role in the big responsibility that the Institute has with the community in Ecuador for warning those at risk.

Highlights

  • Cost-effective, real-time data transmission enabled by FreeWave’s Serial M2M communication solution.
  • Institute of Geophysics of Ecuador is able to issue early volcano warnings that helped hundreds of thousands of people get out of harm’s way.
  • Real-time broadband seismic stations in the active volcanoes and tectonic faults.
  • Highly reliable performance in extreme conditions, with images being transmitted from the top of the highest active volcano in the world, which operates at zero-degree temperatures.
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Path calculation and testing is used to help design a reliable communication path for your application by optimizing the following:

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  • RF Band (900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, Unlicensed and Licensed)
  • Communication Technology (Single Channel, Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum, Wi-Fi)
  • Repeater systems
  • Antenna / tower heights
  • Antenna type and gain

Our services are used to determine the optimum FreeWave product, antenna height, pattern, gain, and azimuth required at each site. Radio links to and from each location are analyzed and designed for maximum data link efficiency.

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The process is simple. Provide us with proposed site GPS data or longitude and latitude coordinates. If you have existing communications infrastructure, you should also provide antenna types and heights, along with gateway, repeater and endpoint coordinates. Please contact us to learn more.

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– Ron Visconti, SCADA Communications Manager, Williams Field Services

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