Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Shell saves $1m with IoT infrastructure investment

Steve Rogerson
April 4, 2016
Shell Nigeria’s pipeline facility has saved over $1m in infrastructure investment by using IoT connectivity supplied by a partnership between California-based Ingenu and Croatian firm Končar Inem.
The companies are providing digital oilfield capabilities integrated and supported by Upland Consulting, a technology services firm based in Nigeria. The DOF digital oilfield system provides pipeline surveillance and wellhead monitoring capabilities to remote infrastructure in the Niger Delta.
The DOF combines IT automation and instrumentation technologies to provide a support platform to use remote field data while optimising operational efficiencies. This integrated technology platform offers faster analysis and more efficient data management to provide insight into field processes, resulting in safe and efficient oilfield operation.
In addition to Ingenu’s RPMA (random phase multiple access) network technology, Shell evaluated communications including satellite, PI to SMS, and GPRS. Each of RPMA’s competitors required significant infrastructure investment for towers, radios, data communications equipment, battery banks, logistics and installation. Conversely, Ingenu’s low-power, wide-area RPMA network required little infrastructure, which resulted in a total project cost savings of more than $1m.
Using end-point devices enabled with RPMA, Končar provided Shell Nigeria with a collection of field data pertaining to pipeline pressure, temperature and flow. The Končar remote terminal units and wireless pressure and temperature transmitters were installed in flow stations, manifolds and wellheads to provide connection from the field to the back office, ensuring reliable information transmission.
“Upland evaluated several communication technologies to present Shell Nigeria with a way to replace its manual oilfield data collection processes,” said Bola Awobamise, president and CEO of Upland Consulting Nigeria. “The key criteria for selection were the technology’s ability to cover difficult terrain, power performance and long-range transmission as well as network scalability, two-way communications and secure data transmission. Ingenu’s RPMA offered all of these attributes and eclipsed the competition with its connectivity, network capacity and exceptional value.”