Hess Corp. is calling on wireless communication to connect its operational assets in the Bakken shale in North Dakota.
The company signed a contract for Redline Communications Group Inc., a provider of mission-critical wireless networks for the oil and gas industry, to provide high-speed wireless networking to connect the hundreds of vehicles, buildings, drilling rigs, pumps, oil facilities and other assets Hess manages in the Bakken area. Redline is providing complete turnkey installations of wireless digital oilfield networks, including engineering services for developing network designs optimized for the complex topography in the region.
Hess has engaged Redline to engineer, design, construct and deploy private wireless networks to bring high-speed connectivity to its oilfields. This ubiquitous network coverage will allow people and machines to communicate to all Hess systems, regardless of where they are located.
Redline will be deploying its Virtual Fiber technology, creating a unified digital oilfield spanning approximately 6,400 square miles across its first five focus areas. Extensive amounts of data will flow from monitoring equipment and video cameras in the field into a centralized location where it will be analyzed in near real-time. This network will give Hess visibility into remote operations and allow the company to use sophisticated data analysis techniques to identify what parts of the operation require attention, only then dispatching the appropriate personnel to take action.
Redline will deploy the first five focus areas in 2014, with an end-to-end solution that includes the company’s hardware and software, plus professional services for network design, planning, construction, project management, installation, delivery and support. It is expected that similar networks will be deployed in five additional areas in 2015.
“Redline customers universally tell us that having the right network in place is key to creating the kinds of operational efficiencies that lead to increased production,” said Robert Williams, CEO at Redline. “The Hess vision for its digital oilfield is inspiring and will put them at the leading edge of the industry, and Redline is very pleased to be selected as a key technology partner.”
The Virtual Fiber wireless network will be built using systems that were specifically designed by Redline for harsh environments, and engineered and built to the exacting standards required by the energy sector. Redline’s network system offers the ability to instantly adjust to the living oilfield as a whole, whether the network use is coming from drilling, well monitoring, video surveillance or individual’s accessing the Internet or corporate systems. Both people and machines share a single Redline network, acquiring and keeping high-speed secure connections even as they move across the property.