In oil and gas production, water is undeniably the largest byproduct. For every barrel of oil produced, there are 3 to 10 barrels of water produced as a result. Consequently, salt-water disposal (SWD) facilities can greatly affect the profitability of oilfields. The volatile oil and gas industry creates a need for efficient SWD processes.
To decrease operational costs and reduce the risk of damage to the environment, water midstream operators automate the process of controlling and monitoring saltwater disposal with SCADA systems.
Salt-water disposal facilities use SCADA systems to manage saltwater disposal wells and gathering systems. SWD facilities leverage SCADA to reduce downtime of equipment and assets, maximize water received, and reduce required equipment repairs. These operational objectives can help SWD companies to gain a competitive advantage in the industry:
Saltwater disposal companies use SCADA to monitor and control their SWD facilities and operations. Examples of monitored metrics and collected data include:
Manually downloading truck ticket information creates delayed haul ticket processing for water midstream operators. Additionally, this can cause inaccuracies regarding the saltwater composition. When personnel are required to drive to field sites and back to the head office, operators will experience higher operational costs and more safety risks because of the increased windshield time. Adding automation to the haul ticketing process eliminates drive time and reduces costs.
SWD operators have a great responsibility to carefully control fluid movement, especially brackish water. It is essential to keep a close eye on tank overflows, pipeline leaks, and pump failures.
SCADA solutions ensure accurate haul ticket information as well as empower operators to efficiently bill for ticket processing. The automation of SWD with SCADA technology creates faster and more accurate invoicing systems, while simultaneously minimizing operational costs, enhancing efficiencies, and increasing the safety of employees.
Saltwater disposal operators choose SCADA providers like eLynx Technologies because of the robust functionality and the streamlined ticketing processes. eLynx Technologies has over 20 years of experience with automating SWD systems and alarm management to optimize operational efficiency and reduce environmental hazards.
The eLynx SCADA system is a scalable, cloud-based platform used by oil and gas operators to remotely monitor and control assets in the field. Authorized users can access SCADA and other data through the web interface and the mobile application. SWD automation is just one aspect of the data that the software system can deliver to operational personnel and authorized third parties.
September 18, 2023