October 2010

Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

Improve exploration, production and refining with ‘add-at-will’ wireless automation

After the technology was validated, a wireless infrastructure was installed blanketing 80% of a US refinery

Laframboise, G., Chevron Corp.; Karschnia, B., Emerson Process Management

Chevron is committed to leadership in exploration, production growth and profitable refining utilization. Process automation is an important enabler of these goals. As part of its continuous focus to add business value, the company’s automation experts participated in very early wireless sensor and mesh network development and testing and IEC 62591 (WirelessHART) technology. Positive results with wireless field trials in upstream installations at San Joaquin Valley, California, led Chevron to reason that new “add-at-will” wireless technology could enable improvements at all of its upstream and downstream facilities, leading to immediate and ongoing efficiencies. To investiga

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