Hybrid radio technology provides communications for gas field automation

Wireless hybrid radio technology plays a major role in automation of Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (PNR) operations in Hugoton field, Kansas.Hugoton remains one of the most productive gas fields in the continental US and is a key asset for PNR. The company has a working interest in about 1,200 wells in Hugoton and owns nearly all gathering and processing facilities that service the field. MDS 9810 radios carry polling data for PNR gas compressors at 130 remote sites, such as this one in Ulysses, Kan. (Fig. 1).Click here to enlarge imagenullIn May 1998, PNR determined manual field operations were no longer efficient or effective and began a data automation project at Hugoton in collaborat...

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