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Remote Operation of Oil and Gas production installations in the Niger Delta

Idachaba, F.E. (2011) Remote Operation of Oil and Gas production installations in the Niger Delta. Asian Transactions on Engineering, 1 (3). p. 55. ISSN 2221-4267

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The current security challenges posed by the militancy in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and the need by the International Oil and Gas Companies(IOC) operating in these areas to deploy both local and expatriates personnel for mandatory site visits both for operations, maintenance and upgrades make it necessary for the evolution of more effective operation strategies. The IOCs have resorted to the use of armed military escorts for staff to and from the sites and this has yielded some reduction in the risks but has still not totally eliminated it. This paper presents a robust communication configuration which is designed to enable remote operations, control, maintenance and upgrades by experts from a secure location away from the site. The system is implemented using appropriate sensors, communication links, topologies and plant operators. The advantages of this system include the reduction of staff exposure to the risks currently associated with traveling to these remote locations in the Niger delta region. It also ensures significant OPEX cost savings for the IOCs in terms of logistics costs and also allows for an increased effectiveness of the experts in terms of deployment time and the number of sites the can handle.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication, Kidnapping, Niger delta, Remote Operations.
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2015 09:24
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2015 09:24

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