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Oil & Gas Industries

Oil and gas communications networks are mission critical, but often must be deployed at offshore oil fields in an environment with severe hazards and challenges. To successfully monitor a drilling platform remotely, the entire infrastructure needs to be extremely reliable and available.

1. Oil Pipeline Security and Management
2. Wellhead Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Communication Network
3. Intrusion Detection with SNMP and IP Video in Factory
4. Wireless Communications Infrastructure in the Oil Field

Oil Pipeline Security and Management

Managing an oil pipeline is no simple task, even for a leading oil pipeline company that owns the largest oil pipeline system in the world.

System Requirements

• Remote monitoring, control, and management of oil pipelines from the control center
• Uses fiber optics for long-distance transmission of data across the country
• Gigabit redundant ring for high data availability
• Rugged design capable of operating under harsh environmental

Moxa Solution

To make sure that all data is transmitted accurately and immediately, a Gigabit Ethernet network consisting of more than 1,000 Moxa EDS-510A industrial Ethernet switches was constructed. The EDS-510A provides up to three Gigabit Ethernet ports, making it ideal for building a Gigabit backbone with high bandwidth capability. In addition, the EDS-510A switches support fiber optic transmissions of up to 80 km, providing high cost-effectiveness by significantly reducing the number of installations required. With a -40 to 75˚C operating temperature range, the EDS-510A switches are able to operate reliably in harsh Russian industrial environments. At each node along the pipeline, a Moxa ioLogik E2210 Active Ethernet micro controller is installed to allow for communications between the sensors and the Ethernet network, so that actions can be taken automatically during unexpected events. The Ethernet network was configured in a Turbo Ring topology to ensure data availability at all times with a fast recovery time of less than 20 ms. Overall, Moxa’s ruggedized switches and I/O products were a perfect fit for the harsh environment.


• Turbo Ring and Turbo Chain (recovery time < 20 ms at full load), and RSTP/STP (IEEE 802.1w/D)
• 3 Gigabit ports (RJ45/SFP) to address high bandwidth demands
• -40 to 75˚C operating temperature range
• Advanced network management functions including IEEE 1588 PTP, IGMP Snooping and GMRP, Port-based VLAN, SNMPv1/v2c/v3, and Port mirroring

• 12 digital inputs and 8 digital outputs
• Active Messaging with real-time stamp, including SMS, SNMP Trap with I/O status, TCP, and email 
• Supports SNMPv1/v2c/v3 protocol
• I/O peer-to-peer

Wellhead Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Communication Network

Saudi Aramco, the state-owned national oil company of Saudi Arabia, is the world’s largest oil corporation in terms of proven crude oil reserves and production. At the end of 2006, its annual production of crude oil neared 3.4 billion barrels. As their oil and gas fields often spread across vast distances in a severe desert climate, Aramco needs a reliable monitoring system to address harsh environmental conditions. At the same time, a high bandwidth for transmitting data, voice, and video is also required for better wellhead monitoring.

System Requirements

• Industrial-grade devices that are capable of operating well under extreme temperatures
• An efficient network with high bandwidth for data, voice, and video transmission
• A reliable network for long-distance transmission between oil and gas fields
• Certified explosion-proof devices for hazardous locations
• Fast auto-recovery to prevent data loss in case the network goes down
Moxa Solution
This operation covers 500 widespread oil, gas, and water wells located in Khurais area. Aramco developed a remote monitoring system, including wellhead SCADA and CCTV, and wellhead control automation, which includes compressor control, pumping unit control, gas lift control, and injection control. RTUs (Remote Terminal Units) and PLCs are used to collect and forward these data. IP phone, CCTV and Moxa's VPort 351-T are also implemented on site for maintenance and security service. Each oil field uses a VPort 351-T industrial video encoder that connects to the camera through a coaxial cable, and the other side connects to Moxa's EDS-510A-1GT2SFP-T industrial managed Ethernet switches for video image encoding and transmission. The EDS-510A-1GT2SFP-T was chosen to connect those devices and form a communication network with GOSP (Gas Oil Separation Process) substations. Each substation uses Ethernet switches to connect to the main ring topology, and the reliability of the network is enhanced by coupling sub-rings together. The ring topology and coupling are realized with the EDS-510A-1GT2SFP-T switches, which support Turbo Ring redundancy with a recovery time of less than 20 ms.
With an open standard Ethernet and Gigabit port design, the EDS-510A-1GT2SFPT can fulfill the voice, video and data transmission for oil well monitoring, and its extended operating temperature range (-40~75°C) is especially well suited for applications in harsh industrial environments. In addition, the EDS-510A-1GT2SFPT switches are DNV and Class 1, Div. 2 certified to ensure reliable operation and communication between oil and gas fields and the control centers.


• Operating temperature range of -40 to 75˚C
• Long-distance transmission distance of 40 km or 80 km
• 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports for redundant ring and 1 Gigabit Ethernet port for uplink solution

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VPort 351-T
• Operating temperature range of -40 to 75°C
• Video stream up to 30 frames/sec at full D1 (720 x 480) resolution
• Pre/post-alarm video recording function for advanced surveillance
• Gigabit Ethernet port for uplink solution

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Intrusion Detection with SNMP and IP Video in Factory

Wars and oils are the hottest issues in the Middle East. And the oil storage tanks are usually the target of attack during wartime. Typically, oil storage tanks and refining equipment are the most important parts of the oil refinery industry. To protect hose facilities from being damaged is a top priority of those oil vendors. One of our customers planned to combine video and alarm signals in one fiber network. In addition to video surveillance, digital I/O devices in the field were used for remote monitoring and alarm. However, the IP surveillance system is a bandwidth killer. To assure those alarm messages can be delivered with precise time stamps is the key. The client used SNMP to monitor their network devices and wanted to integrate this new intrusion detection system with their remote monitoring system. SNMP, Fiber network and low bandwidth consumption are the prerequisites for the new system.

System Requirements

• SNMP support for each device
• I/O device/status controlled by SNMP
• Device status reporting by SNMP traps
• Large bandwidth using fiber ring architecture
• Industrial-grade video surveillance to withstand bad weather conditions
Moxa Solution  
To implement a reliable network backbone that can support 200 IP video feeds, the customer used the EDS-510A managed Ethernet switch to build a redundant Gigabit Ethernet network. Although the EDS-510A's two digital input channels are insufficient for extra monitoring devices, the ioLogik E2210 Active Ethernet I/O server was able to provide the necessary digital I/O channels. The built-in SNMP support and multiple I/O channels of ioLogik E2210 are available for control and monitoring by SNMP, no additional management software is required. In addition, status changes of each I/O channel can be actively reported by SNMP traps, so there is no need for data polling.


ioLogik E2210

• Intuitive Click&Go™ control logic, no programming needed
• Supports TCP/UDP/SNMP traps/Email event reports
• I/O control over Modbus/TCP and SNMP protocol
• Built-in RTC for precise time stamps
• 12 DIs, 8 DOs


• 2 Gigabit ports for redundant ring and 1 Gigabit Ethernet port for uplink solution
• Turbo Ring (Recovery time < 20 ms) and RSTP/STP redundancy
• Supports QoS, IGMP snooping/GMRP, VLAN, LACP, RMON


Wireless Communications Infrastructure in the Oil Field

Few markets have more to gain from reliable, high-capacity wireless broadband solutions that cover dozens or even hundreds of square miles than the oil & gas industry. Reduced lifting costs, remote video surveillance, VoIP and even multimegabit mobile access over water or on wheels can be delivered under a single solution. But the big benefits can only be realized using solutions that are specifically designed for the harsh oil & gas environment.

The oil patch is a dynamic place where things constantly change, the environment is unforgiving and the locations are often remote. It is a place where function is everything, and everything has a purpose. That purpose is to squeeze out every possible drop of productivity. In the modern oil field effective communications networks are key to enabling and maximizing efficiencies and driving down overall lifting costs. Today, the best communications infrastructure technology for the oil & gas industry is wireless broadband.

Unlike traditional point-to-point microwave, wireless broadband or “WiMAX” refers to wireless cells many miles in diameter, each enabling anyone or anything within the footprint to be connected. This “multipoint” method of access is very economical and provides extremely reliable links and excellent redundancy options to ensure that you remain connected. Solutions from Netronics can provide over 120 Mbps of capacity in each such cell – enough to support many concurrent applications across the operational region.

Netronics Solution

Netronics is a global wireless broadband and WiMAX leader and is legendary for its rugged gear. Whether the need is a televised expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest, scientific weather research up in the ionosphere or the remote operation of mining cars deep underground, Netronics has been building broadband wireless networks in harsh environments for over a decade.
Netronics manufacturing is ISO certified and its products undergo rigorous environmental testing to include salt spray, water immersion, and dust intrusion. Netronics award winning products enjoy a mean time between failure (MTBF) of over 11 years. All of which explains why from the Gulf of Mexico to the oil fields of Venezuela to the Yellow River delta in China, Netronics WiMAX and wireless broadband access solutions are deployed by many of the leading oil & gas companies.
Netronics oil & gas solutions offer unequaled coverage and capacity – to over 300 square miles and over 120 Mbps throughput per cell, supporting frequencies 2.4 GHz to 5.8 GHz and address the major bands of every global region and regulatory authority. And by offering both licensed and unlicensed solutions, regardless of where in the world your field is located, Netronics has a wireless solution to suit your needs.
With built-in hardware based AES encryption, virus protection features, advanced VLAN support, you always know that your network is secure. And with Netronics advanced technology offering over 250 simultaneous VoIP calls per sector, real-time prioritization of multimedia packets like video and QoS mechanisms, you can be confident your network will support the diverse mission critical applications you need to provide.
Surveillance and Monitorin
Miles of unprotected pipeline make an attractive target. Expensive wellhead equipment can be vandalized. Netronics solutions enable you to efficiently keep an eye on your remote high value sites, for both security and operational data.
1. Real-time Seismic Data
Seismic surveys create vast amounts of data in remote locations. Now that data can be wirelessly sent back to headquarters for immediate analysis.
2. Spill Prevention & Monitoring
Meeting the needs of even high-volume call centers, a Netronics point-to-point wireless network enables up to 1,000 simultaneous high-quality voice calls (VoIP), or 288 calls per sector in point-to-multipoint applications.
3. Remote Office Solutions
Keep work crews connected and get access to VoIP, SCADA data and email even while traveling betweenremote sites. No more leaving the field to file or collect reports.
4. IP to the Wellhead
As IP networks extend to the wellhead, experts predict that in the near future each wellhead will require 5 Mbps to 7 Mbps of communications capacity. Wireless broadband is the only cost-effective solution to deliver such performance.
5. Rig-to-ship & Rig-to-shore Communications
Transmit critical information to and from an inbound tanker or maintenance boat. Conduct a video conference or remote training session between an off-shore platform and corporate headquarters.
6. Asset Tracking
Oil & gas, mining, refining and other industrial operations include moving and re-locatable assets. Continuously and effortlessly track the location of every critical asset in the field, in real time, to improve operations and to enhance safety and security.


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