batteries to power wellhead systems at Dukhan oilfield

oilfield-haymarketrebel-flickrBattery manufacturer Saft has agreed to supply batteries to power wellhead industrial control systems at Qatar’s Dukhan oilfield

The batteries will be supplied to engineering firm Kentz for US$10mn and will be installed at 775 solar-powered wellhead industrial control systems that serve Qatar Petroleum (QP)’s Dukhan oilfield. This is part of engineering firm Kentz’s US$190mn contract with QP to provide a dedicated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) network infrastructure to monitor the wellheads in the oilfield from designated stations.

In addition, Kentz will also install a cathodic protection system to avoid external corrosion damage to the oilfield’s well casings. The SCADA network and corrosion protection systems will be powered by solar PV panels working in combination with the batteries to provide the essential energy storage and backup power to ensure their total continuity of operation.

Saft industrial battery group division general manager Xavier Delacroix said, “Thousands of Saft batteries are currently deployed at off-grid solar powered sites around the world, where they have demonstrated unrivalled performance and long-life.”

The battery’s nickel-based construction and high cycling capability ensures long life and low maintenance requirements, even when subjected to erratic charging conditions and operating temperatures fluctuating from -20°C to 50°C, said Saft officials.

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