Pason Systems Now Integrates Real-Time Life-Safety Gas Detection into Drilling Operations

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This process case history from Siemens Industry discusses how Pason Systems integrates real time gas detection into oil and gas drilling operations.

Oil and gas drilling operations can be among the most hazardous on the planet. The shale plays of North America harbor an abundance of critical resources. Unfortunately, they also contain other substances like butane, propane, and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) that can leak during extraction or fracking processes and create explosive and hazardous environments. Monitoring and control systems, gas detectors and alarms, and advanced communications help keep these facilities safe, but only recently have advanced technology and automation come together to create a high-level solution that is taking life-safety to a new level and changing the playing field of oilfield automation.

Known as TekNet, this dynamic safety system technology provides life-safety gas detection that enables real-time decisions, and is the culmination of a cooperative strategic partnership among four firms. The brainchild of Crawford Technical Systems (CTS), a systems integrator that works with industrial manufacturers and shale gas exploration, the system uses Siemens Industry's TIA Portal programming software to integrate a variety of Siemens automation components. The system uses wireless gas detection equipment from RAE Systems, a provider of connected, intelligent detection systems, creating an enterprise-level SCADA system offering marketed and distributed by TekSolv, an East Coast safety consulting firm.

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