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Oil and Gas Solutions

Satellite communication solutions that are your information pipeline

Your remote teams on land and at sea need to keep information flowing. Whether keeping team members in touch with one another in the field or establishing a way for those teams to send data to a command center, SD can help.

We are your oil and gas communications resource.

Exploration & Appraisal

Assessment Support

The situation

Geologists and geophysicists travel to remote areas of the earth in search of hydrocarbons. These areas often lack terrestrial networks due to remote or difficult terrain or sensitive ecosystems, making communications difficult. Workers can be at risk of accidents while acquiring seismic surveys or drilling wells.

The need

Assessment support: Field workers need to keep in contact with the main office, transmit test data in real time and send many types of information including reports, assessments and other data back to headquarters. They also need to be able to get assistance in an emergency.

The solution

These teams need equipment that is rugged and well adapted for rough terrain and climates. It has to fit in backpacks or hand luggage for exploration while larger units with higher bandwidth may be stationed at base camps. To provide peace of mind and safety while in remote areas, the equipment should have GPS location capabilities.

The right tools:

Development

Site Setup

The situation

Development plans are made for a new production site. As the planned facilities are built, the first phase of production wells are drilled. Thousands of people are involved in the building process, so the risk of accidents is at its highest point.

The need

Workers need immediate access to office applications during site construction to be in contact with the head office before permanent communication networks are up and running. They need to make and receive phone calls, and send emails and texts.

The solution

Setting up a fixed remote broadband office using a service such as BGAN Link allows teams to send and receive large volumes of data and access standard workplace tools such as email and VPN.

Mobile satellite units are compact and lightweight, can fit easily into a backpack, are quick and easy to set up and require no technical expertise. Remote teams can be up and running within minutes of arriving on site. GPS location capabilities provide safety for those working in remote locations.

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Production

The situation

Oil fields can remain in production for extensive periods of time. With engineers on site at production facilities to operate and maintain them, safe operations are critical to prevent oil spills or explosions.

Site Communications

The need

Site communications and telemedicine: Engineers working full time on rig sites located in very remote areas are unable to travel home. It is beneficial for companies to provide employees with a solution that enables them to stay in touch with friends and family members while on the rig site and access emergency medical help if needed.

The solution

A fixed satellite service such as BGAN Link sends and receives larger volumes of data which enables staff and contractors do all the things online during their free time that they would do back home.

The right tools:

Remote Diagnostics

The need

Remote diagnostics: To monitor the health and status of the extraction infrastructure, engineers need real-time information to respond quickly in order to resolve the issue remotely or to deploy maintenance teams.

The solution

Provide control room technicians with access to real-time data on the entire production and distribution network using unmanned/M2M satellite internet so automatic alerts from the control room can be sent to engineers for immediate diagnostics and action, enabling them to make real-time decisions.

Engineers deployed to repair faults can download data from local applications and transmit the information via mobile units for immediate analysis. They also can use these units to send video or images of damage, and speak with technicians in the control room and offsite experts for quick decision making to minimize downtime.

The right tools:

Infrastructure Monitoring

The need

Infrastructure monitoring: Full visibility and control of extraction and distribution infrastructure maintains productivity and ensures the product is delivered to customers on time. Teams need to monitor status of remote pipelines, receive real-time and accurate data from wellheads, and track road tankers.

The solution

Oil and gas companies deploying unmanned/M2M satellite internet terminals along their distribution network can continuously monitor remote pipelines and oil wellheads for pressure, flow rates and other essential metrics and maintain productivity and reduce downtime.

The right tools:

Remote Surveillance

The need

Remote surveillance: The safety of personnel and the security of assets are prime concerns, especially around remote operations. Monitor CCTV in real time at each wellhead from the control room. If a security threat or mechanical failure occurs, experts can assess the damage from their own office or deploy an onsite team to investigate.

No matter where sites are located, receive real-time alerts of incidents and emergencies, as well as live video images, back in the control room. This makes it easier to comply with health and safety and insurance obligations, and also provides peace of mind to onsite teams.

The solution

Should an incident occur, satellite internet can be used to stream live video back to an expert for instant analysis and on-the-spot resolution.

The right tools: