January 15, 2018 - The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that natural gas production will rise more than expected—by nearly 1 billion cubic feet per day—in 2018 due to an uptick in exports and gas-fired electricity generation.
To help distribution companies improve network efficiency, Abriox has introduced OSPREY, a remote gas pressure monitoring system designed to save time and money while improving the quality and reliability of data collection.
OSPREY delivers higher accuracy than loggers, meters and chart recorders. The system provides continuous monitoring without the need for on-site personnel or maintenance, giving users a rapid return on investment. The wireless, portable device is quick to install and generates instant alerts to indicate abnormal pressure levels in distribution networks.
Certified to Class 1, Division 1, OSPREY is available in single and multi-channel models, offers flexible pressure ranges and has a sensor accuracy of ± 0.15 percent FS. A key feature of OSPREY is its built-in GPS module. In addition to displaying its geographical location, the data collected from satellites allows OSPREY to establish the exact time and date of every pressure measurement it records. Other devices on the market are subject to electronic drift, making their data less accurate and requiring companies to manually realign measurements. OSPREY eliminates this problem.
“OSPREY can be deployed in a poor pressure situation and it will immediately start generating accurate readings to a cell phone using text messaging,” says Abriox Sales Manager Rich Williams. “This is the equivalent of sending an engineer to the site and repeatedly asking him for pressure data—but without the costs.”
In cases of fluctuating pressure, poor pipe design, freezing temperatures or water ingress, the system is equipped with Incident Evaluation Mode (IEM) for fast deployment of investigative or remedial work. OSPREY can run in IEM mode permanently at sites that require constant updates for the cost of just two sets of commercially available batteries a year. The batteries can be installed by the user without the need to return the unit to Abriox.
The compact OSPREY has a long operating life and requires minimal maintenance. Its superior accuracy and configurable data collection options make compliance with regulatory requirements transparent.
OSPREY has a small carbon footprint and its autonomy promotes safer working conditions for personnel. The ‘fit and forget’ monitor, with its large data capacity and reliable remote communication, gives companies dedicated monitoring which can link to their business planning model.
Abriox’s PressureTrac software package is designed to interface with a user’s modelling or asset management software and can automate the process.
Abriox is a world leader in cathodic protection monitoring. Our MERLIN CP system has been adopted by major oil, gas and petrochemical companies in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Our newest product, OSPREY, provides repeatable, remote gas pressure monitoring for timely and economical analysis. With headquarters in the United Kingdom and the United States, we are committed to designing and manufacturing solutions engineered to meet the monitoring needs of the oil, gas and energy markets.