Yokogawa and Statoil to jointly develop a field wireless system

08 March 2016

Yokogawa Electric Corporation and Statoil are set to jointly develop a field wireless system that can map noise levels in real time at Statoil’s plants and upstream facilities, as part of its Wireless Noise Surveillance Project (WiNoS). 

By introducing this system, Statoil will be able to obtain real-time noise information during work in noisy areas, and use the data for better risk control of the noise exposure of personnel.    

Commenting on the announcement, Masatoshi Nakahara, director, senior vice president and head of the IA Platform Business at Yokogawa, said: “It is important and a matter of urgent concern for company managers to optimise their management of health, safety, and the environment. Based on this agreement, Yokogawa will seek to develop an ideal system in Norway, Europe’s largest producer of oil and gas. To achieve this health, safety and environmental objective, Yokogawa will combine its wireless technology and know-how with the knowledge and expertise possessed by Statoil, a world-class energy company that is well known for its innovations in oil exploration and production technology. We believe this effort will lead to solutions that help our customers.”

In plants, there are many different noise sources, and the noise that is produced can have a harmful effect on workers, impairing their hearing. As noise levels often vary considerably, periodic monitoring with sensors must be done in real time and at multiple locations so that plans can be drawn up for protective measures such as restricting the amount of time workers spend in noisy work environments and requiring that they wear hearing protection. 

In a range of industries such as energy and materials, there is a growing emphasis on health, safety, and the environment. Data acquisition systems at production sites need to be able to measure and collect environmental data such as the concentration of a gas as well as flow rate, pressure, temperature, and other kinds of production data. Wireless technology is well suited for use with such systems. Yokogawa has experience in developing ISA100 Wireless-based wireless communications technologies and instruments, and has provided a variety of wireless field devices as well as adapters that can transform a conventional wired instrument into a wireless device, for use in oil and gas upstream production facilities. 

Based on this agreement, Yokogawa will provide its technology and products to build the ISA100 Wireless communication system, and Statoil will utilise its expertise to determine the overall system specifications and conduct field tests. Technologies contributed by other Norwegian companies and research institutes will be used to develop the sensors and data visualization graphics. Statoil and Yokogawa will conduct field tests of this system at a Statoil offshore platform in the North Sea to confirm its viability as a health, safety and environmental solution.

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