RFID Systems for the Oil & Gas Extraction Industry

Oil and gas extraction is a multi-billion dollar global industry. There are 42 US gallons or 159 litres of oil in a barrel. According to the Oil Market Report the world consumes in excess of 93 million barrels of oil per day. The January 2015 production forecast put production at more than 94 million barrels per day. Crude oil is derived from mineral oil that contains hydrocarbons and other impurities such as sulphur.

The demand for oil is most apparent when you consider China’s energy needs. Almost half of all global oil demand will come from China and this trend will continue to 2040. The OECD countries (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) will see a decrease in oil consumption.

Crude oil uses:

  • Plastic production
  • Fuel for automobiles and planes
  • Used in the manufacturing of detergents, paints and pharmaceuticals
  • Furniture manufacturing

Natural gas is a clean burning fuel generally located in deep underground porous rocks or trapped between dense rock formations. The province of Alberta provides 69 percent of Canada’s natural gas requirements. A gigajoule (GJ) is a unit of measurement for natural gas, 1 GJ is the equivalent of 30 litres of gasoline. Alberta currently produces an abundance of natural gas, enough to heat every home in the province for 25 years.

The OECD European region has predicted 22 trillion cubic feet of natural gas will be consumed from 2015 to 2040.

Natural gas fulfills the following functions:

  • Heating the home
  • Cooking fuel
  • Electrical generation
  • Steam production
  • Creating polymers used in plastic

Using GAO RFID Systems in the Oil & Gas Extraction Industry

The Oil & Gas Extraction industry faces many challenges daily. Managing asset utilization, ensuring employee safety, and creating a profit from extracted natural resources are all part of every manager’s top priorities.

The GAO RFID Systems for the Oil & Gas Extraction industry can help to:

  • Track Assets and Equipment
  • Monitor Personnel Safety
  • Track Oil Distribution
  • Control Vehicle and Employee Access

Asset and Equipment Tracking

Offshore oil platforms contain 100’s of different types of machinery and equipment for the extraction of crude oil from the oceans floor. Tagging the miles and miles of steel piping with RFID Tags on an offshore rig tells the operator when a particular section of piping requires replacement. Without all piping being at functional capacity a rig can shut down resulting in the loss of millions of dollars if the mechanical problem is not rectified in time. RFID tagging eliminates the traditional pen and paper technique of parts and maintenance records. Our RFID Readers are accurate in the recording of relevant equipment maintenance. Drilling supervisors can be notified in real time of any potential issues that may come up.

  1. Maintenance dates for equipment
  2. Next maintenance date
  3. Technician sign off sheet

In additional to the pipelines, every piece of equipment from heavy machinery to expensive handheld devices can all be tracked for usage and location. This ensures optimal asset utilization and reduces the chances of these equipment being removed from the premises.

Monitoring Personnel Safety

Maintaining an accurate count of all offshore oil rig personnel is an important factor to ensure safety in the work environment. Rig workers can be given RFID lanyard cards that they scan when they arrive and leave offshore rigs. Wirelessly signing into work eliminates the manual process of signing a sheet of paper regarding the beginning and ending of shifts. Embedding RFID tags in rig worker uniforms can allow access to rig workers with the necessary security clearance and allows managers to identify and locate personnel anywhere on the rig. Even in the event of muster calls, our RFID Personnel Tracking System can tally how many people are missing from the muster points in just seconds, raising the level of safety to a higher level.

Oil Distribution Tracking

The GAO RFID Asset Tracking System can be used to track the distribution of barrels of oil and gas. Instead of relying on traditional paper tagging that can fade or fall off containers the use of RFID Tags can relay information specific to the content being shipped. Identifying what tractor trailers are carrying what is of great benefit to the operator and buyer of oil during the transportation process. Being able to identify the arrival time of a shipment goes a long way in reducing logistical errors.

Access Control and Management

Whether it is personnel or vehicles, every area of the oil rig is important and sensitive. Only authorized personnel should be allowed into certain zones to ensure safety. Our RFID Access Control System is a way to grant and deny access to zones without using keys or having manned entrance points. Each RFID Badge or Lanyard given to your employees can be programmed with access levels. Authorized staff who walk in proximity of RFID Readers installed on doorways are immediately given access. This even is also logged in the database in case managers need to review access activity. Similarly, vehicles and machinery used through the oil rig can also be outfitted with RFID Vehicle Tags that can be programmed for access certain areas.

Integrating our System with your Management Software

GAO RFID’s Systems can be deployed as a standalone solution or can be integrated with other software solutions, according to your needs.

At the core of our solution is GAO RFID’s AUTO-ID Engine which incorporates middleware and essential RFID functions that perform RFID data collection and information processing. Our AUTO-ID Engine seamlessly integrates with a wide variety of oil and gas extraction management systems so that you can access the data it collects directly via the system or systems you currently have in place.

Our team of seasoned professionals will smoothly integrate the appropriate GAO RFID Solution with your IT architecture. The result is an RFID solution that is seamlessly unified with your management system.

Contact us for more information on how our RFID can be configured for your organization.