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Power & Drive Solutions are quickly becoming a market leader in the development and installation of specialist control solutions for mobile power generation equipment generally owned by Hire Companies…

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Cooper Basin Gas Fields – Various Projects

Power & Drive Solutions was approached by numerous companies working for Santos to design, build and commission control systems for diesel driven artificial lift pumps to pump water into the ground to elevate the natural gas out of the well.

The challenge

Power & Drive Solutions have strong capabilities when working on operations in remote locations. The challenge was to design a system that could run independent of an operator in a very extreme environment in the gas fields of South Australia.

The result

Power & Drive Solutions collaborated with Energy Power Systems Australia (EPSA) and Cavpower building four artificial lifts pump control systems remotely before shipping the units onto the site. Given the vicinity of the gas, the challenge was to build a solution that was not going to represent an explosion risk (this was a Zone 1 project). To manage this risk, the Power and Drive team installed the control system remote from the wellhead in portable control rooms & utilised intrinsically safe barriers for isolation and segregation. This resulted in better access to the secure site and reduced the risk of explosion. The final solution was interfaced to the SCADA network for monitoring.