Oil Production Facility

The efficiency with which petroleum producers monitor and control remote well operations can have a significant impact on profitability. So, when a global petroleum site developer discovered a potentially high-yield resource in the U.S., they wanted to install a unique cloud-based monitoring/control solution that not only reduces the need for onsite operators but also gives investors an up-to-date view of site production.

Tyrion Integration engineered and deployed a system that used the Bedrock Automation PLC platform for control along with the Nucleus gateway to publish into the Tyrion cloud. This enables site managers and investors to monitor trending, alarming, and analysis in the cloud, as often as they want. It receives operating data from the Bedrock OPC UA server via Ethernet and communicates it to a cloud-based infrastructure via cellular and message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT), a publish-subscribe-based messaging protocol that works on top of the TCP/IP protocol to enable transmission of huge amounts of data with minimal packet sizes. Users interact with data via protected browsers on a phone, tablet, or laptop. There are no local HMIs anywhere.

“Integrating Bedrock Open Secure Automation with our Nucleus cloud saved at least $50,000 in hardware and implementation costs over any alternative approach, while also setting Temblor up for continued life cycle cost savings, operational effectiveness, and improved service to investors,” said Mark Goehring. “We could not have done this project as economically and effectively as we have without Bedrock. The need to secure the PLC to cloud communications alone, pretty much ruled out any other controls vendor.”

Mr. Goehring cited many facets of the integration contributing to such benefits, including the use of pre-engineered universal enclosures, which reduced panel building costs and field wiring; eliminating SCADA development and licensing costs by using a secure browser-based cloud architecture; the free engineering software for unlimited users; and ability to scale I/O easily and inexpensively.

The first two wells are already online, with more planned for 2019. Temblor is hoping the site will grow even further over the next five years and Mr. Goehring expects to mirror this control and communications set up which delivers an economical option in a small footprint.