Are you servicing or operating in the offshore oil and gas (O&G) industry? Are your personnel working in remote and harsh environments with seabed depths of 1,000m or more, the blackest of nights, limited visibility, or severe storms with high winds and wave heights reaching up to 30m? Indeed, the conditions in which offshore networks need to be deployed and run present many challenges to network planners in the O&G industry.
In general, fixed or floating oil platforms are hugely impressive in scale and can surpass even the tallest skyscrapers. They have everything needed to drill, extract, process and store hydrocarbons. But is that enough for staying productive, competitive and profitable in the era of digital technology advancement?
O&G companies and offshore service providers are facing increased operational demands for applications and systems to improve remote and autonomous operations of their offshore sites. Existing solutions, such as VSAT, often suffer from limited bandwidth and high latency. This is holding back their digital transformation progress and leading to excessive costs due to lost efficiencies and expensive remote solutions.
Digital oilfield technologies are already making inroads and changing the way energy companies locate, drill for and process oil. These technologies involve a powerful combination of operations technology (OT), information technology (IT) and internet of things (IoT) including network sensors, ubiquitous mobile connectivity, cloud computing, advanced big data analytics and artificial intelligence. This challenging digital transformation in the O&G industry – with its many supply ships transporting goods, tools, equipment and personnel between onshore and offshore locations – entirely restructures a company's network architecture and requires reliable and robust high-capacity networks with mission-critical availability.
According to IHS Market, modern offshore drilling platforms have approximately 80,000 sensors, which are expected to generate 15PB of data during the life of the asset. Upstream oil and gas production requires round-the-clock monitoring of numerous types and pieces of equipment (pipes, valves, wellheads, tanks, drilling recorders, etc.) and parameters (temperature, vibration, solids circulation, 3D seismic data, down-hole pressure, flow rates, corrosion, gas leaks, rock formations, maintenance schedules, etc.).
Monitoring, sensing and sending all this data back with real-time visual, voice, and data communications to onshore offices and supply ships requires a high-bandwidth, low-latency network. This allows offshore service providers and O&G companies to:
There is no question about wireless technology’s benefits or its impact upon many areas in digital oilfields. To provide 24/7 high-throughput, low-latency and uninterrupted stabilized connections to offshore over long distances, it is of paramount importance to embrace a technology-agnostic approach to fit any network scenario.
Are your oil rigs and supply vessels located at the edge of commercial 4G/LTE networks? Do you need to connect your offshore vessels and rigs to 4G/LTE, private LTE, Wi-Fi or microwave networks? Are you challenged with the dynamic location of vessels across varied LTE coverage? Are you considering replacing VSAT infrastructure?
PointLink Access solution from Gigasec in partnership with Ceragon Networks for offshore connectivity, designed with a technology-agnostic approach, can carry a variety of radio units ranging from microwave systems, point-to-multipoint (PtMP) systems and LTE backhaul.
PointLink Access provides high-throughput communications within 40-70km of onshore base stations. By leveraging PointLink Access’ stabilized antenna, and benefiting from the agnostic radio feature allowing high-capacity radios and antennas, offshore service providers and O&G companies can now:
By teaming up with Gigasec, offshore service providers and O&G companies are enjoying secure, reliable and high-capacity communications at a much more favorable cost-per-bit. They are extending their business by increasing offshore service reach and quality. Better offshore broadband is helping to maintain safety and security requirements by introducing more remote operations. Last but not least, crew members are enjoying online entertainment during non-work hours and staying in better touch with family/friends/colleagues, significantly reducing social isolation and improving crew morale and retention.
Ref: Ceragon Networks