Post contributed by Eric Blackshire – Supervisor, Gas Control for Cabot
With many of you probably reading this on a hand-held electronic device, you will understand that we have all grown a custom to information being accessible 247. In the Oil & Gas industry, we are no different. Knowing how our business is performing at any given moment is valuable information. Over the years, technology has enhanced our daily lives, so too has it enabled the Oil & Gas industry to increase its productivity and efficiency.
One of the many ways technology has touched our industry is how electronic data can be collected from remote well locations. The Oil & Gas industry uses many of the same communications technologies as we do in our everyday lives, such as, cellular, land-line telephone, satellite and radios. When you are relaxing and spending time with family members watching a Pay-Per-View movie at home, many times it is being transmitted to you through telephone lines or a satellite dish. When you are talking to a loved one at home on your cordless phone, your cordless phone uses similar spread-spectrum radio technology that we do in the Oil & Gas industry.
As you know, it is not feasible to have someone at every location all the time. So by using various communications media in association with industrial software, known as Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA), we can display remote data at a central monitoring location.
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has a whole team dedicated to monitoring our remote facilities, we call them Gas Control. This team operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Cabot has had a Gas Control department since 1990. Our Gas Controllers’ view monitors that display pressure, flow and other data from wells to keep things running smoothly and to achieve our goals. They are also there to notify field personnel and management at the first indication of a system upset. They are responsible for sending timely reports to operations’ personnel to keep them abreast of ongoing activities. They are like a shepherd watching over its flock.
Cabot is expecting to open a new Gas Control monitoring center in their Pittsburgh office by mid-July.
So the next time you are driving past a Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation facility, look for the antenna and take comfort that someone is out there keeping an eye on it.
Cabot hires local employees, employs thousands in energy related jobs, pumps millions of dollars in the local economies, produces a clean, energy efficient fuel, while meeting our business goals and doing it SAFELY.