New Tech Provides Much-needed Update for Remote Well Monitoring

Remote oil and gas wells are notoriously difficult to monitor, but new technology may make them some of the most advanced sites out there.

(Source: Hiber)

An oil or gas well leak or blowout is a disaster—for people’s safety, environmental impact, and the commercial impact both locally and globally. Which is why well monitoring is a vital part of every oil and gas operation—especially since 33% of wells will encounter an integrity issue at some point in their life.

For onshore sites that are close to populated areas, monitoring generally isn’t a problem. The wells can often be measured by connecting to a local network, or engineers can drive out and conduct tests. But remote onshore wells or unconnected offshore wells are a different story. There’s no simple way to monitor parameters like pressure from afar, so teams of engineers are deployed to manually check pressures every few days or weeks.

Sending teams of engineers out on these trips is dangerous. From bad weather, to lack of local security, to simply the remote nature of the locations, there’s a lot that can go wrong. 

For offshore platforms, just getting people onto the platform is dangerous and expensive. Many platforms are old, with no safe place to step onto the platform from a boat. Instead, temporary scaffolding or some other access structure must be built for every visit.

Already have an account? Log In

Sign up for FREE access to view this article now!

Unlock Free Access