Monitoring Wellhead Tubing and Casing Pressures Simplified with SignalFire Pressure Scout

Monitoring Wellhead Tubing and Casing Pressures Simplified with SignalFire Pressure Scout

By monitoring tubing and casing pressures in oil and gas fields, operators can gain essential information about well safety and performance during oilfield production. Traditionally, dial gauges measured and monitored these pressures, with pumpers taking readings manually during daily or weekly rounds.

This traditional approach posed several challenges. The pumper must climb to the top of the tank or wellhead to read and record the data—a dangerous activity if emissions and other harmful vapors are present.  Security risks, data inaccuracies, and expenses related to pumpers’ trucks and tools are additional disadvantages. Such issues prompted many companies to implement remote monitoring and control systems such as the SignalFire Remote Sensing System (SFRSS).

In addition to eliminating the need for manual data collection, the SFRSS provides up-to-the-minute, detailed information on wellhead pressures and can establish alerts for different measured parameters.  In addition, the wireless telemetry system enables operators to track performance for multiple locations from one centralized control center or laptop.

Most remote monitoring and control systems use an independent digital pressure transmitter to send the electrical signal that represents the casing and tubing pressure. SignalFire developed the Pressure Scout, which integrates a pressure sensor, wireless node, and intrinsically safe internal battery in one package.

When used to monitor tubing and casing pressures, the Pressure Scout reads pressure status at a configured interval (every 5 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes,…). It also reports the status to a SignalFire Gateway, where a Modbus RTU or TCP interface makes the pressure data available. Using this data, operators can view and analyze current and long-term wellhead performance and discern trends. Simultaneously, the Pressure Scout is configurable for alarm reporting and provides rapid notifications when the pressure sensor detects a reading outside of set low or high thresholds. The diagram shows how the wireless measurement of pressure and flow transmit to a SCADA system that’s on the operator’s premises or in the cloud. A Flow Totalizer with display measures flow rates.

The Pressure Scout uses an internal intrinsically safe battery that powers the integrated pressure sensor and radio.  This system has a long battery life. For example, a pressure-monitoring application requiring a 5-second sample interval for alarming, with a 1-minute reporting interval, will last 6 ½ years. The Pressure Scout also offers a local and remote zeroing capability. Operators can zero sensors by pushing a button while they’re in the field or remotely from the Gateway or home office.

Class 1, Division 1 certified, the Pressure Scout operates in challenging outdoor environments. It uses the low-frequency 915 MHz band, which is preferable to 2.4 GHz systems because it sustains signal strength through terrain, structures, or weather.  Available in 11 standard pressure ranges up to 20,000 psi, units work in extreme temperatures ranging from -40°C (-40ºF) to 55ºC (176°F).

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Sandro Esposito serves as Sales & Marketing Director for SignalFire Telemetry Inc, with responsibilities for managing the portfolio and commercialization of the company’s wireless telemetry solutions. In addition to possessing more than 24 years of experience in the process control and automation industry, he holds six patents and has published 12 papers related to industrial controls and smart technologies. A graduate of College Ahuntsic in Montreal, he holds a Bachelors degree in electrical and instrumentation engineering and is actively involved in the International Society of Automation.