Instrumentation and sour gas operations

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Sulfur is pervasive in gas and oil production, and producers need to handle it with appropriate precautions. With its distinctive odor of rotten eggs, it is appropriately known in the field as “sour gas.”

Corrosion from sour gas can erode pumping and refining equipment, piping, and the myriad sensors and instruments used to monitor and measure production. Managers must constantly ensure that the pressure and temperature sensors and instrumentation throughout their operations are accurate and safe.

After all, corroded instruments can malfunction, springing explosive leaks or sending inaccurate readings that fail to warn of impending dangers.

Keeping an oil-and-gas operation safe can be a tall order, especially at remote sites. For help, you can count on WIKA’s 60-year track record of developing sensors and instruments for any production challenge.

Tough when – and where – it counts

WIKA sensors and transmitters are noted for being “oilfield tough.” That’s because WIKA brings customers into the design process to describe situations they actually experience out in the field. We build our instruments to meet those requirements.

Highly corrosive media like sour gas inspired WIKA to develop its Xcel line of pressure gauges. The WIKA 26X.34 process gauge contains Monel® wetted-parts materials that meet the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) standards MR0175 and MR0103. Its advanced design makes it ideal for oil and gas production as well as refinery environments containing hydrogen sulfide (H2S).

For low-pressure monitoring in fuel-storage tanks and vapor-recovery operations, WIKA’s IS-20-VR pressure transmitters have all-stainless-steel wetted parts for NACE MR-01-75 compliance, making them resistant to sulfide stress cracking. The WIKA E-10 pressure sensors used for casing and tubing pressure monitoring feature a NACE compliant Elgiloy think film sensor. This provides resistance against sulphide stress cracking that can occur in sour gas applications.

These instruments and others like them give you and the people in your facility peace of mind. Such equipment also plays a key role in ensuring the zero downtime – high on the agenda of everyone charged with oil and gas production.

Zero downtime – within reach

Zero downtime depends mightily on condition-based monitoring and predictive maintenance – the most advanced kind of operational quality control. Using appropriate methods and equipment for sour gas operations is a key component of that.

Many production settings rely instead on reactive maintenance, performing unscheduled maintenance in emergencies and crises; or preventive maintenance, conducted at specific times. Both can interrupt production for significant periods, and every hour of downtime equals a loss on the bottom line. Predictive maintenance gives you an accurate picture of what’s actually taking place at every step of your operation, with continuous measurements of the state of your systems and equipment.

Ultimately, predictive maintenance is the most cost-effective approach to staying operational 24/7/365. Your sensors and transmitters act as silent sentries, notifying you of any potential trouble spots and enabling you to take corrective action before production has to be halted.

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Electronic Pressure Digest

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